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Learning Disabilities Tender Success- Review of National Learning Disabilities Workforce

In January 2020 the Learning Disability Nursing team were awarded just over £46,000 by Health Education England to deliver Phase One of the comprehensive review of the national Learning Disabilities Workforce: Adult Enhanced Community Services, Children’s and Young People’s Enhanced Community Services and Autism Specific Service Provision & Evaluation of New and Emerging Roles.  The project will see the University working collaboratively with NHSE/I and HEE.  Phase One of the project involves scoping out the workforce needs with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of current workforce needs, skills gaps and potential challenges in supply that may require the development of national solutions such as adoption of new roles and/or new ways of working that would address known areas of need such as Autism diagnosis and post diagnosis service gaps; Specialist medical input to physical healthcare in the community; Enablement/Re-enablement from hospital to community settings and Enhanced crisis response/support for children and young people in the community.  The project also looks to identify opportunities for good practice.


Based on the delivery of Phase One by the team consisting of Shanice Thomas, Kirsty Henry, Sarah Richardson and Stuart Higgins, led by project lead Neil James, HEE have now awarded a further £55,000 to the School of Health Sciences to undertake Phase Two.  Phase two involves the identification and evaluation of the most effective and scalable roles. The evaluation will take into consideration how these new and emerging roles will link and engage with other roles, the new ways of working and system challenges aligned to proposed solutions and provide a clearer understanding of required and suitable roles to be developed.