Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most common causes of illness and premature death amongst people with a learning disability and/or autistic people.

People with a learning disability and/or autistic people continue to die at a significantly younger age than the general population. This is a health inequality.

Reducing health inequalities

Do you support a person or work in a service caring for people with a learning disability?

Sussex Health & Care and Brighton & Hove Speak Out are offering training to reduce health inequalities for people with a learning disability and/or autism by identifying and reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease.

This training:

  • is suitable for family, Shared Lives Carers and all services providing care to those with a learning disability
  • is suitable for those with some or no knowledge of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • will be co-delivered by Brighton & Hove Speak Out’s Thumbs Up trainers who have lived experience of having a learning disability

The training will:

  • enable you to help prevent and manage CVD risks in those you care for
  • help you understand the importance of annual health checks and promoting a healthy lifestyle in preventing and managing CVD
  • promote a preventative culture for CVD and help those you care for to have good heart health.

Free training sessions


Monday 19th February 2024
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Click here to book online

Brighton & Hove

Monday 18th March 2024
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Brighthelm Centre
North Road

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Looking after your heart video

Please watch this accessible video for people with learning disabilities and/or autism on looking after your heart.

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