Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services for People with Learning Disabilities

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities along with the North West Psychological Professions Network and Health Education England’s North West Team organised 2 events for IAPT practitioners and community teams for people with learning disabilities (CTLD).

The first event took place on 4th December 2014 and provided an outline of the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities and the second event took place on 21st January 2015 and was aimed at IAPT learning disability 'champions' as well as IAPT clinical leads, commissioners and Higher Education Institutions representatives. 

The 'No Health Without Mental Health' strategy aims for inclusivity of mainstream services for people with learning disabilities and autism. It has been estimated that up to 40% of people with learning disabilities experience mental health difficulties and, despite their vulnerability, they are often unable to get support from appropriate services.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has been working to improve access to IAPT services for people with learning disabilities during the past few years and they working with the Psychological Professions Network to share learning and develop networks with practitioners and trainers in the North West.

Presentations from events:

For more information about the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities visit www.learningdisabilities.org.uk.

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