The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network is working in partnership with the North East North Cumbria Northern Clinical Physical Health Network on respiratory illness in people with a learning disability.
People with a learning disability face significant health inequality compared to that of the general population. As outlined in the 2019 Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) report (published in July 2020) people with a learning disability are dying on average 27 years sooner than that of the general population of a preventable death. The main causes of death identified were:
- Aspiration pneumonia
The 2019/20 Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted these inequalities further and shown that they are growing. These are outlined in the Deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities with Covid-19 in England in the Spring of 2020. One of the key findings from this report was that everyone in the sample had an existing health condition the most frequent ones were:
- Impaired mobility
- Respiratory conditions
- High blood pressure
This learning disability and aspiration pneumonia scenario linked below is part of a series of RightCare scenarios that support local health systems to think strategically about designing optimal care for people (and their carers) with high impact conditions.