In 2020 the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network launched the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Dysphagia Network. The network was formed out of analysis of North East and North Cumbria LeDeR reviews which concluded that deaths related to aspiration pneumonia and dysphagia were a recurring theme requiring further understanding and a region wide programme of work to improve quality, reduce variation and ultimately save lives.
The group meet 6 weekly and have a range of stakeholders from across different services with an interest in dysphagia and learning disability.
In 2021 the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Dysphagia Network will focus on the following work plan:
- Development and implementation of the Learning Disability Diamond Standard Dysphagia Pathways for the following stakeholders:
- Primary Care
- Acute Care
- Specialist Care
- Social Care
- Families and non paid carers
- Development and implementation of the supporting Learning Disability Diamond Standard Dysphagia Pathways supporting education tool and guidance
- Regular networking, sharing of best practice and communication with wider stakeholders