Helping people with learning disabilities to start well, live well and age well in West Yorkshire

2023 will see an increased focus across the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities.

One of our Partnership’s 10 Big Ambitions is to reduce the gap in life expectancy for autistic and other neurodiverse people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health conditions by 10% by 2024. Achieving this ambition will make life better for more than 200 000 people living in West Yorkshire.

Our Learning Disabilities Challenge is the programme that is working on making sure that people with learning disabilities can start well, live well and age well. We also want to grow our workforce of people who support and care for people with learning disabilities. We work with people with lived experience, such as our Health and Care Champions, to make sure that we understand directly from them what they need.

Dr Sara Munro, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism; and CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Colleagues across the Partnership are contributing their expertise, their resources and their energy to achieving our ambition and are already making progress. West Yorkshire primary care teams completed more than 30% of Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities in the period April to August 2022 – the highest percentage in the NHS North East and Yorkshire region.  Annual health checks are effective in identifying previously unrecognised health needs, including those associated with life-threatening illnesses, helping to reduce the gap in life expectancy between people with learning disabilities and the rest of the population.”


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  • West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is a large integrated care system (ICS) that supports 2.4 million people, living in urban and rural areas. 770,000 are children and young people. 530,000 people live in areas ranked as the poorest 10% of England. 20% of people are from minority ethnic communities. There are an estimated 400,000 unpaid carers, as many don’t access support. Together we employ over 100,000 staff and work alongside thousands of volunteers.
  • The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and the Partnership Board are part of the Partnership.
  • Come and work with us. We are recruiting to all roles across health and care in West Yorkshire, and you don’t have to be a doctor or nurse. We are recruiting for call handlers, social care support workers, nursing and residential care staff, home care colleagues and peer support workers – to name a few. You can find out more on NHS Jobs and local council websites.

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