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University in NHS collaboration to tackle health inequalities for people with learning disabilities

UCLan is teaming up with a group of universities to help the NHS tackle health inequalities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

The £1.75 million project will see UCLan, Kings College London, Kingston and St George’s University of London, and London South Bank University work closely with the NHS and a core group of people with learning disabilities.

Kings College London, who will lead the programme, won the bid which will review deaths of people with learning disabilities, looking at their life and the health and social care services they received.

The partners will look at this information to find areas of learning, opportunities to improve, and examples of excellent practice.

This information will then be used to improve services for people living with a learning disability, with an annual report produced for NHS England’s Learning Disability Mortality Review programme (LeDeR).

UCLan will lead on producing research digests and participate in research deep dives.

Professor Umesh Chauhan, Professor in Primary Care Medicine at UCLan, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the universities to develop further this internationally renowned programme.

“We have a strong track record of working collaboratively with health and social care partners across the North West and we will continue to do so as we bring our expertise in quality improvement and addressing health inequality to this programme.”

The partnership includes Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast.