New Regional Model for Adult Learning Disability Services

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is leading on a regional project to improve Adult Learning Disability Services across Northern Ireland.

A new model will be created that ensures that service users and their families have access to the services they need regardless of where they live.

This new model will also inform future services, taking account of population changes, experiences and the needs of adults with learning disabilities and supportive roles played by both statutory and community/voluntary sector providers across the region.

Three surveys have been developed to support the discussions and engagement currently underway. We are inviting anyone with an interest in service provision for adults with learning disabilities to access the surveys and have their say.

Engaging with those with a learning disability, their carers and families and health and social care staff the Trust hopes to gain feedback on services with a particular focus on six key themes;

  • Transitions,
  • Accommodation,
  • Care Support,
  • Health and Well-being,
  • Assessment and Treatment,
  • Meaningful Lives and Citizenship.

We are asking what is working well, what can be improved and what do we need to start doing in order to improve the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

Marie Roulston, Director of Social Care and Children at the HSCB said: “We are delighted to be working alongside adults with learning disabilities, their carers and staff to co-produce a new service model. Informed by feedback from those who avail and deliver services in this area we hope to produce a report on this work early in 2020. Your voice matters to us. Please take the time to provide your input.”

Peter Livingstone, who has a learning disability and is an Inclusion Consultant with a local charity, is urging everyone to make their voices heard.
“It is very important that people like me, with a learning disability, complete the survey,” he said.
“Have your say. This is about our services and we need to tell people what we like, what we don’t like and what we need.”

The surveys will be available from August 5 – September 11.

Page last updated:12 August 2019