The aim of the day was to look at the health self assessment framework and to see how we can work together and improve the health care for people with learning disabilities.
My presentation focused on the importance of involving people with learning disabilities in this health self assessment from the very beginning. It also looked at co-production, between the professionals and people with learning disabilities. The reason for this is, people with learning disabilities may look at an issue that the professionals may overlook and miss out on. I also talked about how by looking at numbers we do not learn anything. We need to go out in the individual areas and listen and talk to people with learning disabilities, about good and bad stories and experiences about healthcare in their area.
Other keynote speakers were Ranjit Senghera, from the Strategic Health authority who talked through the health self assessment framework. Lawrence Moulin, Learning Disability lead at the Strategic Health Authority and Wendy Ewins, Joint Commissioning Manager from Wolverhampton also presented.
The day was very well attended by partnership boards and other professionals from across the region. Everybody contributed their ideas on how to move forward with this health self assessment.