How We Do It

How We Work

The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network is made up of a range of stakeholders from across health and social care, education, community and voluntary sector and people with learning disabilities and families all with a vision to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.

We are a ‘hosted function’ within NHS England NHS Improvement, North East and Yorkshire, Medical Directorate, North East North Cumbria Clinical Networks and Senate. We are locally funded through the North East North Cumbria Integrated Care System.

We have a broad work programme which is about tackling health inequalities and improving the lives of people with a learning disability and their families. As well as responding to national directives and policy we also respond to local need and tackle challenges effecting the North East and North Cumbria based on what our members and stakeholders say.

We draw on the relevant clinical, social care or community voluntary sector expertise where needed for each programme of work. People with a learning disability and their families are at the core of what we do.

You can find out more about our current work programmes through our website.

Our Network Members

  • NENC ICB Commissioners
  • 13 Local Authorities
  • 2 Learning Disability Mental Health Specialist Trusts
  • 8 Acute Trusts
  • 1 Ambulance Trust
  • NHS England NHS Improvement Health Education England
  • Public Health
  • North East Commissioning Support
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Macmillan
  • People with a Learning Disability
  • Families
  • Inclusion North
  • North East and North Cumbria Self-Advocacy Organisations
  • Provider Forums
  • North East and North Cumbria Parent Carer Forums