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Senate set up for learning disabilities

The national clinical senate for learning disability services was launched over the summer by a group of professional health bodies, including the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The member organisations have joined forces in order to develop consensus views about a range of policies and developments, aiming to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

The society is being represented on the senate by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for People with Learning Disabilities (ACPPLD).

‘We’re delighted to represent the CSP and all those who have a learning disability,’ said ACPPLD vice chair Liz Jones. ‘Sadly, there has been so much news recently about the abuse that some people with a learning disability suffer.

‘Hopefully, if all the professional colleges can work together to give guidance on best practice to the government, Care Quality Commission and commissioners, we will be able to ensure that people with  a learning disability receive the best possible care.’

The senate will offer advice to the Department of Health, and other strategy leads, with the collective voice of specialist health clinicians, including physiotherapists.

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