NHS Birmingham and Solihull seeks engagement on strategy from people with autism and learning disabilities

NHS Birmingham and Solihull is seeking engagement for their strategic vision from people with autism and/or learning difficulties, along with their families and carers, with the aim of taking on feedback to improve care in the region.

Lisa Stalley-Green, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Birmingham and Solihull, said of the approach: “We have worked closely with people with lived experience and partners to develop draft visions for learning disabilities and autism to ensure they reflect the lives and aspirations of local people. We now want to involve a wider group of people, including professionals, providers, people with lived experience and parents/carers to help finalise our visions and shape our delivery plans in Birmingham and Solihull.”

Organisations which make up the Birmingham and Solihull ICS including Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council, NHS Birmingham and Solihull, Solihull Council and voluntary community sector partners, have agreed to work towards a shared ambition to improve consistency and support people with autism and learning disabilities of all ages.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health says: “This collective focus will help us as partners to prioritise our resources and co-ordinate our approach to improve the support and outcomes for people with a learning disability and autistic people. We need to know what is important to you.”

The surveys and strategies are accessible in easy-read formats, along with dates for engagement events on the NHS Birmingham and Solihull website. Paper copies of the surveys are also available in Birmingham and Solihull libraries from 26 January.