For each of the three years of its initial contract, the Observatory committed to producing an annual report on the health and social care of people with learning disabilities in England. The Centre for Disabilities Research has produced two of these in the past, in 2005 and 2008.
We have now published all three of these. They are available on this page. Each brings together information on the characteristics of people with learning disabilities, the services and supports they use and their carers. The most recent covers the year 2012.
The 2012 report is supported by an update of the IHaL Health Profiles. As far as possible we have aimed to provide local versions of the information on each topic covered.
This information is collected by several government departments, reflecting their different responsibilities. Mostly is publicly available, though in a wide range of different places. The aim of the report is to provide, in one place, a concise summary of all the information and links to the key data collections where more detail can usually be found.
The report has sections on health, education, adult social care, employment, benefits and carers.
Over one million people in England have learning disabilities. Information collected by government departments provides a valuable snapshot of the services and supports they receive. It highlights real progress in some areas and the clear need for further progress in others. It also highlights the huge gap between what information is currently collected and what information needs to be collected to really monitor the outcomes achieved by the NHS, social care and public health services.
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