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Case Study 1: Grapevine’s Learning Disability Awareness & Health Inequalities Training

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The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) was commissioned in 2019 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 staff development to help them achieve better outcomes when they are working with people with learning disabilities. Further information about the project can be found here.

We wanted to look at good examples of learning disability awareness training and we asked an organisation called Grapevine about their learning disability awareness training course. Grapevine is an independent charity that helps and empowers people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage. The organisation strengthens individuals, sparks community action, and shifts power across systems and services. Grapevine’s ‘Health Team’ are a team of people with lived experience of a learning disability and they have run training for NHS staff for over 10 years. The training helps people understand more about learning disabilities and they also hear about the experiences of people with a learning disability in health care and other services.

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