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

The Learning Disability Network is expanding our team and will appoint a Project Manager (April 2021) who will lead on tackling inequalities in long terms conditions and physical health. This will provide additional capacity to expand our current work programme. This work will be closely aligned with the NENC Long Term Conditions/Physical Health Network.