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Implementing the NICE guidance for improving Mental Health Services For People with Learning Disabilities

Monday 26 June 2017
De Vere West Once Conference Centre, London

Implementing the NICE guidance for improving  Mental Health Services For People with Learning Disabilities

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Are you aware of the New National Quality Standard for Learning disabilities: identifying and managing mental health problems quality standard (QS142) January 2017?  Read in full here

This quality standard has now been incorporated into the NICE pathways on challenging behaviour and learning disabilities and mental health problems in people with learning disabilities, which makes attending this conference essential learning for service providers, and front line staff required to adhere to the pathways. 


The quality standard covers the prevention, assessment and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in all settings including health, social care, education, and forensic and criminal justice. It also covers family members, carers and care workers.

The guidance has set out 5 quality standards:

  • Young people and adults with learning disabilities have an annual health check that includes a review of mental health problems.
  • People with learning disabilities who need a mental health assessment are referred to a professional with expertise in mental health problems in people with learning disabilities.
  • People with learning disabilities and a serious mental illness have a key worker to coordinate their care.
  • People with learning and mental health problems who are receiving psychological interventions have them tailored to their preferences, level of understanding, and strengths and needs.
  • People with learning disabilities who are taking antipsychotic drugs that are not reduced or stopped have annual documentation on reasons for continuing this prescription.

This conference will look at how you can implement and ensure adherence to the quality standard in practice and ensure you are being compliant whilst improving care. Implementation of the guidance is the responsibility of your local commissioners and providers, and it is your responsibility to ensure effective person centered pathways are achieved. When you attend this one day event you will have to opportunity to discuss your concerns and hopes for improving your own service and learn how other organisations are already implementing the quality standard and guidance, you will return to your organisation with tangible information and advice on implementing the NICE quality standard to improve your service.

You will hear from speakers who helped design the new quality standard and you will receive national updates and presentations on practical case studies whilst the conferences over arching focus will be on improving care for people with learning disabilities mental health problems.

Your sessions on the day will focus on putting personal experience first, monitoring adherence against the standards in practice, alignment of care with the preferences and needs of people with learning disabilities and the needs of their families and carers, using annual health checks to review of both physical and mental health problems, developing individual care plans tailored to the individual needs, using mental health assessments for referral to a professional with expertise and ensuring people with learning disabilities who are taking antipsychotic drugs are not reduced or stopped & have annual documentation on reasons for continuing this prescription.

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