Healthwatch Derbyshire, a patient watchdog for health and social care services, is carrying out a piece of work aimed at engaging with people with a learning disability to explore their experiences of accessing health services such as GPs, dentists or hospitals.

It is estimated that 2% of the general population have a learning disability. Those that do are much more likely to experience poor health and die at a younger age, compared with their non-disabled peers. This makes it all the more important that we engage with this group of people to find ways in which we can improve the services they use.

A number of reports, such as the confidentiality inquiry into the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities, have been published that highlight a lack of care for people with a learning disability and serve as a driver for improvement.

Healthwatch Derbyshire aim to gather information at a County level to highlight any issues regarding access to services for people with a learning disability.

During May РJuly 2015 Healthwatch Derbyshire Engagement Officers will be talking to groups and individuals in Derbyshire who have a learning disability and who may have additional needs in order to access services. We therefore want to hear from people with learning disabilities, their carers and relatives. If you attend a support or social group and you would like us to come and visit you to gather your comments then please get in touch:

Tanya Nolan, Engagement Officer
Healthwatch Derbyshire

Tel: 01773 880786

Web: www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk
Email: enquiries@healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk
Post: FREEPOST RTEE-RGYU-EUCK, Healthwatch Derbyshire, Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre, Foundry Lane, Milford Derbyshire, DE56 0RN