Event Summary

Join your colleagues at our national Improving Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic People Digital Conference. With a particular focus on community-based services, we will address the priorities to improve support to enable people with learning disabilities or autistic people to live fulfilled and independent lives.

We will cover recent policy, including the Building the Right Support Action Plan, and plans for mental health reform.  Learn about the recent recommendations (Jan 2023) from the Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill. 

We will hear about plans to reduce the number of people with a learning disability or autism in inpatient care by 50% by March 2024 and to speed up the discharge process, with an additional targeted funding of £90m in 2022-23. Understand the proposed new duties on commissioners to ensure adequate community-based services.

You will hear best practice guidance to help you to provide meaningful, accessible, person-centred services. Bringing together government, public services and charities, this half day digital conference will be an opportunity for sectors to come together, share insights, network, and strengthen the support network for adults with learning disabilities and autistic people. You will learn from leaders who have delivered successful initiatives and, crucially, those with lived experience on how your services can improve.

Key Points

  • Government plans to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities or autistic people in Inpatient Care Services
  • The new draft Mental Health Bill 
  • Avoiding unnecessary inpatient admissions
  • Ensuring services are accessible and inclusive, including digital services
  • Funding and investment for community care
  • Coproduction: the importance of lived experience in service design
  • Supporting the families and carers of autistic people or people with learning disabilities
  • Supporting people with the Cost-of-Living crisis
  • Independent living and priorities for supported housing.