Commissioning services for people with learning disabilities

15 January 2018


A new programme is developing the skills of senior leaders so they can more effectively and creatively commission and provision services for people with learning disabilities. 

Delivering new models of care for learning disability services requires meticulous planning. To be successful, health and social care staff must use methods that underpin effective and sustained leadership development and work together.

To improve patient-focused care, the Learning Disability Leaders Development programme aims to support leaders to use a variety of tools and techniques, and work in partnership across professional and organisational boundaries.

The programme comprises a wide array of learning activities, including a two-day residential, 360° assessments, coaching and support. Participants plan and implement a transformational improvement project and evaluate how this work will transform services and improve outcomes for those using the service.  

Inspiring, engaging and motivating leaders are already participating in the programme to share theories of leadership, network and understand each other's skills and abilities. One such leader, David Blacklock, Chief Executive Officer of People First, is working on an improvement project to develop an online community. 

You can follow the progress of improvement projects like David's over the coming months by watching these video updates.


The bespoke Learning Disability Leaders Development programme is commissioned by NHS England (Cumbria & North East) and Health Education England (North East), through the North East & Cumbria Learning Disability Network.