Quality of Health reviews explore health inequalities in relation to people with learning disabilities and autistic people in a range of health settings. The team which is made up of Changing Our Lives officers both with and without lived experience, gather evidence from a range of sources including:

• Observation
• Speaking with patients, families, support staff and health professionals
• Looking at paperwork and plans, for example hospital passports
• Journey mapping

We use the Learning Disability Improvement Standards for Trusts as a measure for each review. These standards, developed in 2018, were designed to provide a benchmark against which all trusts, be they universal or specialist healthcare providers, can measure their performance in delivering services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both, so driving quality improvement. The standards are broken down into 4 areas:

Standard 1: Protecting and respecting rights
Standard 2: Inclusion and engagement
Standard 3: Workforce
Standard 4: Specialist learning disability services.

The first three standards should be met by all Trusts; the fourth is specifically for Trusts that provide services commissioned exclusively for people with learning disabilities, autistic people or both.

If you want to know more about Quality of Health reviews, you can contact us on [email protected]