Promoting social inclusion

Promoting social inclusion

This page provides information on the health and wellbeing strategy priority that public services support, the independence and social inclusion of disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

One of the five key priorities in the health and wellbeing strategy focuses on making sure that all public services support the independence and social inclusion of disabled people, and people with long term health conditions.

We will focus on working with communities and service providers to create welcoming and positive environments for disabled people and people with long term conditions to participate and enjoy the same facilities and services as other people.

Why has this been identified as a priority?

The joint strategic needs assessment has confirmed that, in particular, the number of older people with physical or cognitive disabilities, and numbers of younger adults born with disabling conditions are expected to continue to rise.

If existing arrangements for supporting disabled people continue, based on extensive use of specialist support services, not only will this continue to undermine people’s independence, but also the cost to local authorities and the NHS will grow to a scale that will become increasingly unsupportable. 

What will be done differently?

Public services will gain a better understanding of the needs of disabled people, the nature of different types of disability and the ways in which services can contribute to supporting inclusion and independent living (or can undermine these aims). They will redesign their services where necessary to ensure that they positively contribute to the life opportunities of disabled people and those with long-term conditions.

Older people concerned about their current or future health will have attractive options to live in neighbourhoods designed to support independence and easy access to the full range of community facilities and services. 

What impact will be made?

Disabled people and people with disabling long term conditions will less often need to make use of segregated care services, for instance, attending day care centres in order to maintain basic social contact, and will increasingly be able to make use of the same facilities and services as other people, confident that they will not be designed or operated in a way that creates obstacles to participation and will, where necessary, be able to offer reasonable additional support.

Communities will be more inclusive and welcoming with their social capital growing, through more neighbourliness, locally-run events and initiatives, and finding solutions to emerging challenges themselves. As part of this, disabled people will be increasingly visible in the community.

The following information and priorities are taken from the baseline JSNA and update (2012). The content of this section is currently being updated therefore some of the data and documents may be out of date: