People with disabilities face challenges in daily life that can sometimes go unnoticed. They may feel underserved by their communities and can face additional challenges trying to share these concerns with the people who can make a difference.
Essex County Council is working to make a difference and create positive change in the lives of people living with learning disabilities and autism, their families and carers. Working closely with health partners, Essex is taking steps towards providing better services and experiences for their residents, thinking about the needs of people holistically to address health inequalities.
We were asked to support Essex to help them understand the challenges residents face and help them integrate with a network of providers. We helped local health organisations and the council’s adult social care team come together to work out how they could achieve better outcomes for people living in Essex as one system. During the project, we compiled the tools we used into a ‘travel necessities’ suitcase — an approach any organisation can use to help ease their integration journey.