Westminster Health Forum

Learning disabilities and autism care in England

June 2019

This seminar discussed the next steps for improving health and care services for people in England with learning disabilities, autism or both.

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss priorities for the new adults and children autism strategy expected later this year.

Attendees assessed the effectiveness of the current strategy in achieving its key aims of measuring, understanding and reporting needs of autistic people, improving workforce development and encouraging participation in the local community.

With learning disability and autism included as key clinical priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan, delegates examined measures to tackle health inequalities, stop over-medication, and ensure more people receive personalised community-based care.

In light of the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report into the restraint, seclusion and segregation of people with learning disabilities or autism and the Government accepting measures in the report, attendees considered the opportunities for improving care in learning disability and mental health wards, including early intervention to prevent hospital admission, staff training and funding for alternative places of care.

Sessions also discussed what more can be done to ensure the workforce has the right skills to deliver effective care, following the Government’s consultation on proposals to introduce compulsory learning disabilities and autism training for health and care staff. 

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates