The UK’s first physician for those with complex needs could help save lives and reduce health inequalities
The first doctor specialising in profound and multiple learning disabilities in the UK is set to be recruited later this year. Hull clinical commissioning group (CCG) took the decision to employ a specialist PMLD doctor to support adults with complex needs after the condition of a patient, Erica Carlin, improved dramatically following the care she had received for serious digestive and bowel problems from a palliative care doctor trained in learning disabilities.
Three years ago, doctors had told Carlin’s family to prepare for her death. They said they could no longer treat the then 34-year-old, who has epilepsy and profound multiple learning disabilities. Today her health is stable. She lives in residential care in Hull near her family and enjoys trips to the local park.