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Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) – January 2022

LDPB held on 27th January 2022

Summary of meeting


The LDPB discussions included:

Devon County Council
and NHS updates –
Introduced by Sophie Holmes


Devon Clinical Commissioning Group:

An update from health perspective:

  • The impact of Covid-19
  • Annual Health Checks
  • Transforming Care
  • Test of Change for the Transforming Care group


Nationally, the number of people with a learning disability who have received all of their Covid-19 vaccinations is

around 80%, however, in the South West 85% have had all of their Covid vaccinations including their booster.

As of November 2021 nationally 53% of people nationally have had their flu vaccine. In the South West nearly 58% have had their flu vaccination


Other updates included:

  • Supported Living
  • Housing
  • Increasing employment opportunities
  • Improving Housing Options information on the Devon County Council website
  • Housing needs and choices


Updates from Learning Disability Partnership Board discussion groups:

Friendship Groups update from Devon People First:

  • The learning disability online friendship groups have been running for 17 months now with 6 meetings every month


Big Community Catch-up update – Devon People First

  • At this meeting the group talked about some of the problems they have had in the community during the Coronavirus leading up to Christmas.


Health and Social Care -The Turning Tides Project – topics that were presented include:

  • Health
  • Communication – Makaton and easy read discussion
  • Lockdown(s)
  • Housing
  • Voting and Rights
  • Services (and Amenities)
  • Employment
  • Representation in Media
  • Accessing the Media


Carers Discussion Group – Carer Ambassadors

This update included:

  • Concerns for carers when providers sell onto another provider what involvement does Devon County Council have with that (in supporting carers?)
  • DCC to let carers know of changes to their teams as soon as possible, e.g. Reaching for independence. Options for replacement care and respite limited which makes carers feel anxious.
  • Direct payments recipients aren’t given annual increase like larger providers but have to request review instead
  • Reduction in day service increases older carers own problems