Hi, my name is Salim and I work as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Community Team for people with learning disabilities. I have lots of experience in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and other neurodevelopmental conditions such as Aspergers syndrome and ADHD. Some of the people who I support have issues with their mental health, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia etc, some may have issues with their physical health such as epilepsy and some people may have behaviour that others find to challenging to support them with. Some of the people that I work with have spent time in hospital and some people may have been arrested or had to go to Court. As well as giving advice around health, my work also involves giving medicolegal advice to Courts or to hospitals around the use of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLs).
Sadly, it is still the case that people with learning disabilities continue to experience inequalities in health and a disproportionate number of people are detained in mental health units. I am a passionate advocate for peoples health and rights and believe that we must all challenge these injustices.