Learning Disability Nursing Award winner: Health Equalities Framework

Learning Disability Nursing Award winner: Health Equalities Framework

Dave Atkinson, Gwen Moulster, Crispin Hebron and Phil Boulter

This team developed the Health Equalities Framework (HEF) to improve the healthy life expectancy of people with learning disabilities and demonstrate the value of learning disability nursing. The nurse consultants created, developed and evaluated the outcomes measure in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal, and in response to continuing evidence of avoidable premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. The HEF, which is freely available, monitors impact, guides practice and aggregates data to improve strategic planning and commissioning. Feedback from service users, their families and carers shows that the HEF measures the right outcomes. Nurses report that it validates their decisions and informs their practice.

Picture credit: Tim George

The Learning Disability Nursing Award is supported by Learning Disability Practice and sponsored by Cambian.



Cambian is one of the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services in learning disabilities, autism, mental health rehabilitation, education, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, impaired hearing and, more recently, children’s residential care, fostering and specialised services for children experiencing sexual trauma. Our passion focuses on positive outcomes for the individuals we provide support and services to. Our nurses are critical in their delivery of care and support to ensure these outcomes can be achieved resulting in the highest possible quality of life.