Health and care consultation launched

This consultation has now closed.

Orkney Health and Care is seeking feedback on proposals for the future development of services for people with learning disabilities.

OHAC, a partnership between Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney, has published an All Age Learning Disability Service blueprint.

Based on an assessment of futures needs, the blueprint looks at how services might develop to meet these requirements and at how these services could be delivered by OHAC and partner organisations.

A learning disability affects the way people understand information and how they communicate.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability and may have difficulty understanding new or complex information, learning new skills and/or coping independently.

Caroline Sinclair, Head of Service with OHAC, said: “There are around 450 people in Orkney with some level of learning disability and the signs are that this number will increase in future years.

“Many people manage fine by themselves or with some support from family and friends. However some people have more complex needs - or higher levels of needs - and require support from a range of sources including health and care services.”

She added: “Our aim is to provide support for people within their own community wherever possible.

“We currently provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities and the blueprint looks at how these services might develop to meet future needs.

“It is important that we seek the views of service users, staff, carers and other stakeholders. We welcome feedback and will consider carefully all the responses we receive.”

The All Age Learning Disability Service Blueprint is available in the Related Downloads section of this page.

Paper copies are also available on request by contacting Tom McGuire, Service Manager, All Age Learning Disability Service and Mental Health Service. Phone 01856873535 ext 2701, or email Tom McGuire.

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