The Learning Disabilities Observatory was set up, in April 2010, as a three year programme following one of the recommendations of the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities, the Michael report.
It is a collaboration between the three organisations: Public Health England, the Centre for Disability Research at the University of Lancaster and the National Development Team for Inclusion.
The name, Improving Health and Lives, was suggested for the Observatory together with its sister project the Confidential Enquiry into the Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities, at a consultation with self-advocates organised for the Department of Health by Mencap.
Since April 1st 2013 it has been operated by Public Health England, the Government Organisation overseeing all public health work in England.
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