Planet Rachael: Learning disability and autism improvement standards are a game changer

A new year’s email gave Wendy Johnson the chance to celebrate a breakthrough in quality improvement

A New Year’s email gave Wendy Johnson the chance for her trust to improve learning disability standards

It’s not often I get an email that makes me want to do a little dance, but one appeared in my in box that did just that.

No, it wasn’t the seasonal ‘thank you for your hard work’ giveaway by my NHS trust that stretched to three free days parking – on days I wasn’t working anyway. Nor was it the ‘you have won the star prize in the staff lottery’ for the – and I am not exaggerating – 240th time of trying.

No, it was the email designating me as the person to benchmark my trust’s position against NHS Improvement's learning disability and autism improvement standards published in the autumn.

Potential game changer

The extra work wasn’t particularly welcome


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