East Anglia




The Eastern Region A2A Group is open to Learning Disability Acute Hospital Care Professionals and membership is free.


To provide regional networking and sharing of good practice amongst professionals who have a role in supporting people with learning disabilities to access healthcare services in general hospital settings. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing local county support networks within the field of learning disability acute nursing.
  • Promoting the sharing and development of expertise and innovations in the care of people with learning disabilities and/or autism (PWLD/A) in acute hospitals.
  • Encouraging inter-professional activity and perspectives.
  • Assisting all those involved in delivering healthcare to PWLD/A in the East of England to:
    • Share their practice and experiences
    • Access information
    • Network with each other
    • Engage in dialogue on current issues
    • Disseminate sound practice and research
    • Undertaking specific project work
    • Driving forward innovative and creative ways of implementing national and regional recommendations.


  • All people with a learning disability have an equal right to healthcare.
  • All healthcare professionals have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to the treatment they provide to people with a learning disability.
  • All healthcare professionals should provide a high standard of care and treatment and value the lives of people with a learning disability 


  • Peer Supervision  – Have appropriate peer supervision within a safe forum for complex cases
  • Hospital passports – sharing good practice
  • Mental Capacity Act – ensure understanding by health professionals and that it is applied at the right time/s.
  • Training – sharing materials and approaches to learning disability awareness training and resources.
  • Sharing of information and practical support provided to families and carers.
  • Support the respect and involvement of families and carers, ensuring they are listened to and their expertise acknowledged.
  • Promote the use of accessible information and forms of communication. Share best practice examples.
  • Promote sign up of general hospitals to the MENCAP “Getting It Right” Charter. Support local accountability to monitor its implementation.


  • The group will routinely meet on a tri-monthly basis but ad hoc meetings will take place as necessary to address identified priorities and specific issues.
  • Agenda papers will be sent to members at least one week before the meeting.
  • Chair and Minute taker will be a nominated and where necessary voted upon, both positions will run for two years, and after re nomination can carry on if uncontested.

Author A2A East and Midlands