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Sharing best practice to support health professionals

We have been commissioned by the South Regional Health Education England Intellectual Disabilities programme to find and share best practice in training people who work in NHS Trusts to support people with learning disabilities. The aim is to support their development to help them achieve better outcomes when working with people with learning disabilities.

NDTi will be working in partnership with people with lived experience (both self-advocates and family carers) to identify good practice examples of training tools and approaches and to explore what is needed to ensure learning is put into practice. We will do this by:

  • reviewing the relevant evidence-base through literature searches and information requests
  • using surveys and hospital visits to identify what training is provided to staff and what they need to help them put this into practice in their day to day work
  • benchmarking existing training models against the Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework
  • undertaking an international consultation exercise to reach agreement on what is needed for good quality learning disability training for NHS Trust staff and to ask for good practice examples

Following analysis of the data collected the team will make a series of recommendations for training models and for what else can be done to support NHS Trust staff to apply what they have learned. We will then work with HEE South ID programme stakeholders to develop a regional awareness campaign to highlight and share the findings and resources from this work.

We have developed two short online surveys for staff working in NHS Trusts across the South region:

The findings will inform recommendations which could help NHS Trusts to strengthen their training programmes to ensure they are more effective and that they are meeting the required standards as laid out in the recent government announcement to make learning disability training mandatory for NHS and social care providers by April 2021.

A letter from Health Education England with more detail about the work is available here.

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