What was the issue that required change?
There have been several recent reports into highlighting health inequalities in people with learning disabilities. They indicate that people with learning disabilities have an increased risk of certain health conditions compared with the general population.
The NHS Scotland 20:20 vision places an emphasis on proactive health care management in order to keep people well and out of acute services when possible, this project may enhance and support the empowerment of people with learning disabilities to have better awareness of their own health and better tools for self management.
How did you tackle it?
The project saw a nine-week course focussed on health inequalities in people with learning disabilities across West Lothian. The sessions were attended by on average 15 participants, and each covered a different topic, including mental health and wellbeing, physical health, healthy eating and admission to hospital. One session took place at an indoor climbing centre, allowing participants to take part in a new physical activity.
What was the outcome?
The overall impact was positive. Participants took pride in attending the groups, with only one drop out. The final session was an awards ceremony, congratulating participants for seeing the course through. This showed them that there was a value in their learning and commitment and gave family and friends an opportunity to share their achievements.
The final report is available here.