Improving quality of care for people with learning disabilities and autism must be a priority
03 November 2022
In response to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on the hospital experiences of people with learning disabilities and autism, the interim deputy chief executive and director of policy and strategy of NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said:
"This report draws much-needed attention to the importance of improving access to and the quality of care for people with a learning disability and autistic people.
"While the CQC found several examples of good practice from which others can learn, we share the regulator's concern that efforts to improve care in these areas remains too slow.
"There is more that trusts can do to improve the quality of care for all. That includes putting in place appropriate reasonable adjustments and making sure that patients, their carers and families are involved fully in decisions about their care.
"However, we need to do more to ensure that the full range of services which people with a learning disability and autistic people rely on are properly funded and prioritised nationwide.
"Making the improvements required is all the more challenging because overstretched staff and services right across the health and care system are under increasing pressure while striving to deliver high-quality care. There needs to be enough staff with the right skills and experience in looking after people with a learning disability and autistic people.
"Greater capital investment is also crucial so that patients get the care they need in environments that properly meet their needs."