Learning disability research group
The LDRG was founded in 2012 by Dr Umesh Chauhan, Dr Matt Houghton and Professor Jill Morrison to provide academic support work to improve the care for people with Learning Disabilities.
The group’s work is underpinned by a collaborative research approach: bringing together stakeholders from across multiple academic institutions and health care settings in order to develop expertise and disseminate learning.
The LDRG SIG exists to drive improvements in care through excellence in primary care research.
Our work and expertise
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. Dr Chauhan is a GP and research lead for East lancashire CCG, Division 5 Lead for the North West Coast for the CRN and holds an Honorary research post at the University of Central Lancashire. Dr Houghton is GP and RCGP Clinical Lead for Innovation and 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 Dr Chauhan
The group has also supported the development of national audit standards for learning disabilities.
Regionally the group has also supported the development of research group focused on learning disabilities with the complex needs theme of the north West Coast CLAHRC (more details about this group will be provided soon).
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, Dr Umesh Chauhan.