London Borough of Croydon

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme is a national programme established to learn lessons from the deaths of people with learning disabilities.  People with learning disabilities are more likely to die from preventable causes of death than the general population.

The Programme was established as a result of one of the key recommendations of the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD).

The LeDeR programme has been established in order to:

  • reduce premature mortality
  • reduce health inequalities
  • make changes in services at an individual, practice and professional level
  • make improvements in health and social care.

The LeDeR Programme is led by the University of Bristol from 2015-2018 and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England.

From March 2017, all areas across the country are required to carry out a review when a person with a learning disability aged between 4 and 74 years dies.  The LeDeR process provides a framework to carry out these reviews.

The focus is on identifying potentially avoidable contributory factors leading to deaths in order to:

  • Learn lessons
  • Make changes to health and care systems
  • Make a tangible difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and their families

More information is available on the University of Bristol website - including information for families and professionals.

Croydon Local Area Contact: Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Adults,

Council lead: Caroline Baxter


To notify a death:


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