The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network and the North East and North Cumbria LeDeR steering group will be focusing on sepsis as a priority for 2021.

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:

  • Pneumonia
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Sepsis
  • Epilepsy

. This work will be closely aligned with the NENC Long Term Conditions/Physical Health Network.