As part of the Mid Notts VCS Alliance, Ashfield Voluntary Action and Mansfield CVS worked together with the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Board to deliver a listening event focusing on insight from people living with a learning disability and those who provide support.
The virtual event held on 26th March, explored the way in which improved communication and other system changes could improve access to services and health outcomes for the LD community.
This well-attended event, with 50 participants, was a first step and commitment to future collaboration and brought together a wide range of partners. You can watch the event here:
The listening event was opened by Steve Morris, CEO of Mansfield CVS. This was followed by a short introduction and scene setting by Rachel Munton, Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Board who fulfilled the role of independent Chair on the day.
Presentations were delivered by One Conversation, Reach Learning Disability and Nottingham Mencap and included a mixture of their insight on the impact of Covid and personal testimony from service users. David Ainsworth and Simon Browse then talked about the vaccination programme and the Inequalities Framework. The presentations are avilable to download here:
The presentations were followed by a Question & Answer session, chaired by Rachel Munton, which resulted in a wide range of questions and solution focused debate on the implementation of adjustments and development of resources to improve access to health and services for people living with a learning disability. Key points included:
· Ways in which partners could develop a holistic approach and coordinate the work currently being undertaken.
· The measures needed to gain an authentic perspective from people with a learning disability.
· The discussion of practical steps to ensure equality of access and inclusion, e.g., improved signage at vaccination centres.
· Practical changes to improve patient experience and reduce health inequalities. Use of System One and NHS app to flag up requirement for additional support.
· The importance of training.
· Consistency of message and appropriate and inclusive communication.
The event resulted in a commitment to work together and invitation from David Ainsworth for delegates to participate in the Inequalities Framework and from Simon Browse on potential involvement in the development of training.
Rachel Munton, Chair of the ICP Board, 'This event offered some real insights into the practical steps that can help and support those with learning disabilities and their families - which we must work together in Mansfield and Ashfield to implement. The lessons learnt from the experience of COVID-19 must not be wasted.'