New standards have been developed to measure the quality of health care for anyone with a learning disability, autism, or both. NHS Trusts have developed the standards by asking patients and carers what they expect for their health care. By using this approach NHS Trusts are highlighting the importance of people’s experiences as their primary objective, as well as how they listen, learn and respond in order to continue improving.
There are four standards, which include:
- respecting and protecting rights
- inclusion and engagement
- learning disability services standard (aimed solely at specialist mental health trusts providing care to people with learning disabilities, autism or both)
The NHS have consulted with self-advocates, family members and NHS staff to create a toolkit to measure the NHS Trusts against the new standards.
The NHS have published the new standards for learning disability, autism, and both in 2 formats, a full guide and easy read guide. Both can be found in our useful info section.