The Health Charter for Social Care Providers

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014

The Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory (LDPHO) has been working with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) the leading umbrella group of voluntary sector providers of social care services for adults, to develop a Health Charter for Social Care Providers, with associated guidance and a self-assessment tool. Family carers and people with learning disabilities were involved in the development of the charter, and the guidance includes a number of case studies.

The Health Charter was developed because social care providers and support staff can do a lot to help people with learning disabilities have better health, working in partnership with their health colleagues. For example, they can support people to attend health appointments, and live healthier lives. This is really important, as we know that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population – and some of this is avoidable.

The Charter was launched at an event in Newcastle on the 6th March. John Kirkman, a family carer, gave an excellent presentation called Chasing peace of mind – a family carers perspective.

Social care providers can sign up to the charter at: www.vodg.org.uk/health-charter/health- charter-home.html.

The name of the organisation and selected priorities will be visible to others, and those who have signed up will receive an e-mail after 11 months encouraging them to revisit their priorities. Events are also planned this year to promote the charter and support those who have signed up.