Learning Disabilities and or Autism Research Group

About the Learning Disabilities and or Autism Research Group

The group was founded in 2012 with an overall aim to improve the care of people with learning disabilities through research. Inline with NHS Long Terms Plan, the aim has broadened to help people with a learning disability, autism or both.

We are a network of academics and clinicians with a common interest in supporting academic work linked to improving care for people with learning disabilities and or autism.

Recent success includes the collaborative partnership which has taken over the National Learning Disability and Autism Programme to reduce health inequalities and premature mortality amongst people with a learning disabilities and autistic people.

We are delighted to host Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne and Mr Richard Keegan-Bull at the Annual SAPC conference on the 4th of July 2022. They are key note speakers at the Helen Lester Memorial Lecture. They will talk about end of life care for people with learning disabilities.

The SIG will also be meeting on the afternoon of the 4th (details to be announced soon).

Members of the SIG have distinct expertise in the specific needs of people with Learning Disabilities, the primary care context in which most care is delivered, and the methodological challenges of driving improvement in Learning Disability care through excellence in research.

Previous reports include an evaluation of the impact of the introduction of an NHS initiative to improve care for people with LD (the LD DES), led by Professor Chauhan

The group has also supported the development of national audit standards for learning disabilities.

Join us

The group meets annually at the SAPC national Conference, and through electronic contact through the year. To find out more, and to join the group please contact the SIG lead,  Professor Umesh Chauhan.


Umesh Chauhan