Within Issue 91: Health and Wellbeing

The theme for the next issue is health and wellbeing. Health is an area of life that has a profound impact on the quality of life and well-being of a person with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Many children and adults with PMLD will face multiple health issues which can either be dealt with in a way that ensures a good quality of life or be neglected and lead to premature death – a factor highlighted in the recent LeDeR report.

Many of the standards contained in the Core and Essential Service Standards in Supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities focus on health and well-being. For individuals this means ‘each person’s health and wellbeing are actively promoted and supported to enjoy a full and long life.’ This requires that organisations supporting these individuals ‘ensure effective support to promote the health and wellbeing of each person, including any specialist health care needs that increase the vulnerability of the person.’

The Winter issue will include articles from a variety of health professionals, focussing on promoting good practice to ensure a good quality of life for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We would welcome any further contributions and articles that reflect positive practice enhancing quality of life for people with PMLD in all areas of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Please send any contributions for this important next issue by 22nd October to the lead editors Jeanne Carlin jeanne@jcarlin.karoo.co.uk or Sue Thurman sue@thurmancc.co.uk