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Green Light Toolkit


The Green Light Toolkit is from the National Development Team for Inclusion.

It is an audit (a way of checking) how well mental health services meet the needs of people with learning disability and / or autism. It then informs the development of plans to improve mental health services for people with learning disability and / or autism.

People with learning disabilities and people with autism are more likely to have mental health needs than the wider population. They have the right to access the same mental health services as everyone else, and NHS trusts have a legal duty to put reasonable adjustments in place to ensure their needs are met.

The toolkit has 27 standards to make sure that reasonable adjustments are in place, to provide fair and equitable services that meet people's needs. These include assessments, accessible information, personal care, physical health and equalities.

Each Care Group has a Green Light Lead who is responsible for the implementation of the Green Light Toolkit.

Each team within the Trust will have a member of staff identified as a Green Light Champion, someone who has a special interest in meeting the needs of people with a learning disability and / or autism.

The Green Light standards form the basis of the NSFT learning disability and / or autism strategy which is called Green Light for Mental Health Services 2017-2021, which was launched in December 2017.

It sets out NSFT's intentions to improve access and equality for people with learning disability and / or autism over the next five years.

This plan was written in partnership with Green Light Champions, service users, parents / carers and partner organisations.

To find out the Care Group Green Light Lead for your area, please contact 01603 421421.

Useful links:

·       Adult Local and National Services

·       Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership 

·       Norfolk Learning Disabilities Partnership Board 

·       Autism Diagnostic Service for Suffolk  

·       The National Autistic Society 

·       Autism Anglia