Places still available at the upcoming seminar on ‘Sexual health, relationships and well-being of adults with a learning disability’

A small number of places are still available at the upcoming seminar on ‘Sexual health, relationships and well-being of adults with a learning disability’.


Thursday 15th December 9.30 – 4.00pm
Thistle Hall, Lynebank Hospital, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline


The programme is available at the following link:


To book your place, send an email to

What is supported decision-making? New good practice guide from the Mental Welfare Comission

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has published a new good practice guide on supported decision-making.


The guide was produced for the Commission by Jill Stavert, Professor of Law at Napier University and sets out why supported decision-making is an important concept.


It explains how adults with mental illness (including dementia), learning disabilities and other related conditions, who may have difficulty making decisions, can be supported to ensure that decisions made, by or about them, genuinely reflect their choices.


You can read the new MWC good practice guide on supported decision making here.

Scotland’s Oral Health Plan. A Scottish Government Consultation Exercise on the Future of Oral Health Services

The Scottish Government is launching its new consultation on the oral health of children and access to NHS dental services for patients. See below for details.




We have observed substantial improvements in the oral health of children, and in access to NHS dental services for patients.


There are now over 4.8 million people registered with a NHS dentist. This is reflected in the unprecedented increase in the numbers of NHS dentists, where we have seen an increase of around 30 per cent in the last eight years.


We can be especially proud of the excellent progress made in the oral health of children. This is a crucial area, as dental decay is almost always entirely preventable, and by ensuring good oral health in children, we help safeguard the oral health of the future adult population. We can happily report that the latest National Dental Inspection Programme (2015) showed that 75 per cent of children in Scotland at Primary 7 had ‘no obvious decay experience’, compared with 59 per cent in 2007. We have also seen similar progress amongst Primary 1 children.


We want to ensure that the oral health of the nation continues to improve and that we take additional measures to improve the oral health of the most disadvantaged communities, and meet the challenge of an ageing population. Our NHS dental services in Scotland need to be more closely aligned to the patient’s needs, enabling the dental team to support the patient in improving and maintaining their oral health.


This consultation document focuses on important issues we have to address in the future. The publication of this document represents the start of our stakeholder engagement. We will be talking and listening to patients, dentists, and other health professionals, as well as the wider NHS, in how we take dental services forward to meet the challenges of the future.


See the complete consultation here.

The Scottish Government launches consultation on social security

The Scottish Government is publishing a consultation on social security in Scotland, to gather views and inform future decisions, including the development of the forthcoming Social Security Bill.

The Scottish Government is committed to working with people across Scotland, to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016. We believe that there should be opportunities for everyone to participate in the debates and decisions that matter to them, regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds.

See the link for further details:

Scottish Learning Disability Observatory publishes its latest newsletter

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory has just published their latest newsletter (Volume 3).  The newsletter is also available to download in an easy read format.

What else is new on the SLDO website?

  • New videos of the SLDO team members explaining the projects they are working on.
  • A blog from Genevieve Young-Southward relating to her PhD research into what effect transition has on the health and wellbeing in young people with learning disabilities.

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