Evidence shows that people with a learning disability continue to experience significant health inequalities. The average age of death for women with a learning disability is up to 27 years below that of the general population; for men, it is up to 22 years below. Often, such deaths are from preventable and treatable causes.

LeDeR is a service improvement programme which helps local systems to address this inequality by reviewing information about the health and social care people received before their deaths, and:

  • Delivering local service improvement, learning from LeDeR reviews about good quality care and areas requiring improvement.
  • Driving local service improvements based on themes emerging from LeDeR reviews at a regional and national level.
  • Influencing national service improvements via actions that respond to themes commonly arising from analysis of LeDeR reviews.

From late 2021 the deaths of autistic adults will be included within the remit of LeDeR for the first time.