Better Health Overall policy objective: all people with learning disabilities get the healthcare and the support they need to live healthy lives. Key issues for the NHS are: achieving full inclusion of people with learning disabilities in its mainstream work on reducing health inequalities; and ensuring high-quality evidence-based specialist health services.
Specialist and mental health services People with learning disabilities are entitled to the support they require to access mainstream mental health services as set out in the national Service framework Specialist services will help people with learning disabilities to access health professionals from mainstream health services.
New Horizons WHAT New Horizons is a new approach, which aims to: improve the mental health and well-being of the population improve the quality and accessibility of services for people with poor mental health WHY The national service framework for mental health, which has helped transform services over the last ten years, comes to an end in 2009. New Horizons is our way forward in England.
New Horizons The guiding values that underpin New Horizons: equality, justice and human rights reaching our full potential being in control of our lives valuing relationships
ALL EQUALLY IMPORTANT A ‘round table’, not a hierarchy Key areas for action and intervention in the wider circle
Key messages Early intervention Early identification and treatment of mental health problems Most successful interventions will be the result of effective multi agency working.
Key messages Local agreement between child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and adult mental health services on transitions
Key messages Good Metal health promotion for all
Key messages Timely, effective and accessible treatment. High-quality, personalised care based on recovery principles, whether in hospital or in the community.
Key messages Improving the mental well- being and mental health care of older adults
Key elements for change A clear cross government strategy Local and national leadership Evidence-based service models and approaches Effective and resourced commissioning, both multi-agency and specialist Information, monitoring and regulation and high-quality outcome measures A skilled workforce.
Mental Health and People with a Learning Disability “Greenlight” Toolkit
WHAT IS THE GREEN-LIGHT TOOLKIT? A service improvement toolkit focusing on mental health services and supports for people with learning disabilities A self-assessment tool used to ensure the National Service Framework for mental health meets the specific needs of, people with learning disabilities who experience mental health problems Leading to the development of a local action plan for service improvement.