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Six Lives – Department of Health second progress report

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Second progress report on recommendations from the ombudsmen’s ‘Six Lives’ report into deaths of people with learning disabilities.


The report demonstrates that more people with learning disabilities have taken up the opportunity of an annual health check to improve their health and enable preventive interventions to stop potential health crises. The report also provides an assessment of the improvements to health care and treatment for people with learning disabilities and family carers since the previous progress report published in October 2010.

In addition, the report sets out the priority areas for further development including:

  • giving greater voice and power to people with learning disabilities and their local communities
  • supporting the spread of personal health budgets for people with learning disabilities
  • ensuring that Health and Wellbeing Boards have information to support them understand the complex needs of people with behaviour that challenges
  • working with NHS England to make sure the system continues to monitor and improve the health and care outcomes of people with learning disabilities

The Department of Health also worked with Mencap and the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) who have published responses from engagement events that asked people with learning disabilities and their family carers: Is healthcare “getting better” for people with a learning disability?