People with Learning Disabilities

People with Learning Disabilities

This is the overview page for the People with Learning Disabilities JSNA chapter. For the full version of this chapter, please navigate to People with learning disabilities | Surrey-i (

This chapter was published in April 2023 and is due to be reviewed by April 2025.

Executive Summary

The national policy direction for people with a learning disability (including those with autism) remains one of a human rights-based approach and one where adults, children, and young people with a learning disability, and autistic adults, children and young people should be equal citizens in their communities as referenced in the ‘Building the Right Support Action plan 2022’ (BTRS plan)

This Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) outlines what we know about the lives of people with learning disabilities of all ages in Surrey, their health outcomes and access including the experience of Covid, social care needs and provision, their living circumstances, education and employment and how much of a voice they have in their lives, services they use and their communities.

It also outlines where we need to know more about the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, access to community health, police services and support in prison for people with learning disabilities. In doing so, it challenges Surrey to ensure that the vision of ‘no one is left behind’ becomes a reality for this highly diverse group within our communities.

The JSNA makes fifty recommendations, testament to the need to better understand the experiences in Surrey of people with learning disabilities.  These are threaded throughout the JSNA and are brought together in one section towards the end of the JSNA.  They come under the following themes:

  • Legislative / Policy Framework
  • Primary care, all-age learning disability registers
  • Learning disability population projections
  • Number of adults with a learning disability open to Social Care
  • Safeguarding
  • Prevalence of behaviour risk factors
  • Physical health outcomes
  • Gender based inequalities within the learning disabilities population
  • Primary Care
  • Variations in physical health between Surrey Heartlands Four ‘Places’
  • Dental outcome
  • Postural care
  • Dementia and learning disabilities  
  • People with learning disabilities and ageing
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Podiatry
  • Sex, sexual health, sexual awareness and sexual expression
  • Pregnancy care and outcomes
  • Access to health services
  • Mental health and outcomes, including inpatient admissions
  • Integrated Intensive Support Service
  • LAEP meeting and Care (education) and treatment reviews
  • Future considerations for proposed Mental Health Act changes
  • Poverty and Health
  • Employment
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime, concerning behaviour
  • Adult Social Care Survey England – 2020/21

Below is the easy read version of this chapter. For the full version of this chapter, please click the link at the top of the page.

The download link of the PDF version of the easy read Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Learning Disabilities chapter.

This chapter is on People with Learning Disabilities, after a discussion with stakeholders, a decision was made to split the previous chapter People with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism into two. The Autism chapter is pending an update. For more information, please email

For reference only, please see below a link to the previous (outdated) JSNA chapter on this topic.

People with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism JSNA | Tableau Public