Adults with learning disabilities

Adults with learning disabilities

Regional

Data collected from GP systems as part of the quality and outcomes framework indicate that almost 10,300 people aged 18 and over across the North East have been diagnosed with learning disability.

Local

Northumberland has significantly more people with learning disabilities than the national and regional averages (NEPHO 2012).
Data collected from GP systems as part of the quality and outcomes framework indicate that almost 1,500 people aged 18 and over across Northumberland have been diagnosed with learning disability.
  • 34% of people with a learning disability known to services are over 50 years of age, 12% over 65 years
  • There are 100 people with Down’s syndrome known to services
  • At the end of March 2012, 1328 adults with learning disabilities were supported by care managers in Northumberland (SWIFT)
  • 856 people were receiving services commissioned from the social care budget at the end of March 2012. Of these people:
    • 113 were arranging some or all of their support themselves using a direct payment.
    • 218 were supported by home carers, many of them receiving very substantial support – on average 48 hours of home care per week
    • 184 were attending day care services, on average for three and a half days per week.
    • 241 were living in care homes
    • An estimated 505 people took delivery of items of disability equipment supplied by the joint equipment store
    • 131 people received housing-related support was provided to 131 people
    • 38 people received funding for a short-break
    • 62 other people received funding for other services
  • there are 32 shared lives (adult placement) carers offering long term family based support to 43 people with a learning disability (3% of people known to services)
There are currently 951 people of working age recorded as living in settled accommodation (e.g. holding their own tenancies). This equates to 76% of working age people known to services and compares to 22% of people living in residential care.
Community resource centres have been developed to focus on the needs of those people who have complex needs or challenging behaviour. Alternative opportunities include outreach projects, supported employment and further education and leisure activities.

Statistical information