Following initial publication of The Green Light Toolkit in 2013, this report explores the learning from five NHS Trusts organisations who use Green Light Work to improve the way that mental health services respond to people who also have learning disabilities or autism.
Each section explores a series of actions taken in the five NHS Trusts that demonstrate different ways of working towards reasonably adjusting mental health services.
The report has recognised some of the challenges faced by mental health services in providing a warm welcome and effective intervention to people who also have autism or learning disabilities, and then described a wide array of positive steps that have been taken to address this issue.
In bringing together the report, three things stand out:
Whilst there is much more work to be done to ensure that people with learning disabilities or autism can receive high quality care in mental health services, some pioneering staff have made a determined and encouraging start, showing others what is possible if the resources and leadership is provided over the long term.