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The Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory is here to keep watch on

  • the health of people with learning disabilities
  • the health care they receive

We have a website that provides a lot of information.

We are doing a number of projects.

To find the different sorts of information we provide, look at the links at the top of the page.

If you have questions about the team, you may find answers on our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

If you would like to find out more about Public Health England, which we are a part of, you should visit the Public Health England website

Advisory Group


The Improving Health and Lives advisory group of self-advocates and family carers started again on the 25th November 2013. The IHaL team is working with Changing our Lives, Inclusion East and Inclusion North to hold two advsiory group meetings a year. The advisory group will inform and influence the work of IHaL. The section of the website contains all the information from the meeting held in November.

You can see information about the work of the advisory group here terms of reference and the meeting notes.

Latest News

Free events about working with parents with a learning disability

A series of 5 free seminars around the country about the updated Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability.

Easy read screening information

A new expert group are working with PHE to ensure easy read screening information is fit for purpose.

Improving Health and Lives Confidential Inquiry

CIPOLD was a Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities that took place between 2010 and 2013. Funded by the Department of Health, it aimed to improve the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities by carrying out an inquiry into their death.

Read more about the Confidential Inquiry.