Improving health care for people with learning disabilities

Developing reasonably adjusted health care services and pathways

Support and facilitation to design, develop or reasonably adjust health care services and health care pathways to ensure that they meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. We work with Associates who have extensive subject knowledge of learning disability and health care who are able to provide expert knowledge and targeted input. We facilitate a North West Staying Healthy Group that can be commissioned to work with commissioners and partners on any health related issue. Using our extensive networks of experts by experience and health facilitators we are also able to provide a one off focus group for engagement and consultation or a more extensive intervention to co produce a service, strategy or pathway. Recent examples of work include; support to develop a reasonably adjusted eye health care pathway across two North West areas, input into developing the NHSE Learning Disability Improvement Standards for NHS Trusts and consultation about changes to oral health services

Target Audience:

NHS Health and Public Health Commissioners, primary and secondary health care providers, private and voluntary sector providers.

Length of course:

Bespoke according to needs

Delivered by:

Janice Wycherley

Janice Wycherley
Associate Consultant

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Janice qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has worked with people with learning disabilities for her entire career. She was also a short break foster carer for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities for 14 years and credits that experience with enriching and positively influencing both her work and her life. Her first post was a Social Worker in a Community Learning Disability team where she soon became involved in the hospital closure programme, supporting people to move into homes of their own. She then moved into provider services and as Principal Officer in a Local Authority, managed the whole range of LA services including supported living, short breaks, day and employment services and the assessment and care management team of social workers. 

Janice spent 14 years working in a joint health and social care post as Head of Integrated commissioning and has a passion for achieving success through commissioning improved person-centred outcomes for people by collaboration and co-production.

Janice is an independent consultant and takes the lead for health on the NWTDT/Pathways team, promoting stronger systems to deliver good population health for people with learning disabilities. The team’s work is focussed on promoting the prevention of health inequalities, health protection and health improvement across the whole health and social care system. She also takes the lead on supporting our two Joint Training Partnerships based in Greater Manchester and Lancashire and South Cumbria.

When she is not working Janice likes to spend time exploring new places and countries, learning languages very badly and attends as much live theatre and music as she can fit in.