I am interested in the provision of ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with learning disabilities accessing NHS hospitals in England.
The purpose of this enquiry is to test the working of the requirements of services to make necessary ‘reasonable adjustments’ for the care of people with learning disabilities as enforced by Schedule 19 Equality Act 2010, also referred to as the Equality Duty 2011.
The definition of ‘learning disabilities’ that we are using is that described in ‘Valuing People’, the Learning Disability White Paper in 2001. This states that learning disability includes the presence of:
• A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with:
• A reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning);
• which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.
I therefore wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the following information:
1. What is the exact wording contained in your contracts with providers to ensure the provision of reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities is embedded in practice?
Healthcare service providers are issued with the NHS Standard Contract. The wording to ensure providers have provisions of reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities can be found within the NHS Standard Contract Service Conditions: SC 13 Equity of Access, Equality and Non-discrimination (https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/14-nhs-contrct-serv-conditions.pdf).