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​​Southwark doctors sign up to learning disability charter​

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the local doctors leading the organisation have this week signed up to Mencap’s learning disability Charter, showing their dedication to getting it right for people with learning disabilities in Southwark.

Mencap, a leading charity, which helps people with learning disabilities to live life as they choose, has developed a CCG charter as part of its national campaign to make sure people with learning disabilities get equal access to NHS services.

The Charter has been designed with healthcare professionals and the Royal Colleges and has support from Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care and Support.  NHS Southwark CCG is committed to all the Charter’s pledges. The pledges include having a learning disability lead on the CCG’s executive committee; making sure that people with learning disabilities, their families and carers are involved in any changes or review of services and monitoring and coordinating service improvement for people with learning disabilities across the NHS in Southwark. This week NHS Southwark CCG signed up to the Charter in time for Mencap’s National Learning Disability Awareness Week 19-25 August.

Dr Amr Zeineldine, Southwark GP and Chair of NHS Southwark CCG said:

“We are committed to supporting people who live in Southwark with learning disabilities. And are delighted to demonstrate this commitment by signing Mencap’s Charter.

“The Charter lets Southwark residents know all of the ways we are supporting people with learning disabilities in Southwark. We are dedicated to making sure patients know about the NHS in their area and what is available to them so they get the best out of their health services.”

Beverley Dawkins, Mencap National Manager for profound and multiple learning disabilities said:

“We strongly welcome Southwark CCG's commitment to improving health services for people with a learning disability in their area.

Tragically, avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability are still taking place, caused by poor care and delays in diagnosis and treatment by the NHS.  Clinical Commissioning Groups have a key role to play in ending the health inequalities faced by people with a learning disability in the health service and signing our charter is a first step towards achieving lasting change.” 

NHS Southwark CCG has also been raising awareness as part of Mencap’s Learning Disability Week by telling local people about local NHS services and support available in Southwark, for more information go to their website