Intellectual disability


Our faculty is here to help members improve their knowledge of psychiatry of intellectual disability.

We also develop policy to promote the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities.

You can find our recent consultations responses.

Chair: Dr Harriet Slater

Vice Chair: Dr Lance Watkins



Senedd Cymru scrutiny of the Bill

The Bill was introduced on 25 March 2019 and agreed by the Assembly on 28 January 2020. The College gave written evidence to the Children, Young People & Education Committee.

Detail of legislation

 The Act became law on 20 March 2020.

Senedd Cymru scrutiny of the Bill 

The Bill was introduced on 23 October 2017, and agreed by the Assembly on 19 June 2018. The College gave oral evidence to the Health, Social Care and Sport committee on 23 November, 2017. 

Detail of legislation


The Health, Social Care & Committee looked at the use of antipsychotic medication in care home settings, and the ways in which its inappropriate use could be reduced. Published Report

The Health, Sport & Social Care Committee looked to assess the extent and impact of loneliness and isolation experienced by people in Wales, particularly older people, and how it can be addressed. Published Report.

Alzheimers Society Cymru and the Welsh Language Commissioner have produced a report on Dementia care for Welsh language speakers in Wales. Published Report.

Welsh Government has set a vision for Wales to be a dementia-friendly nation that recognises the rights of people with dementia to feel valued and to live as independently as possible in their communities.

The action plan aims to progress commitments relating to dementia in Taking Wales Forward and Prosperity for All setting out the range of stakeholders who can support this agenda and the actions required for change.

Senedd Cymru's Children, Young People and Education Committee undertook an inquiry on improving the emotional and mental health of children and young people in Wales: 'Mind over Matter'.

Welsh Governments Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton has released his second annual report giving a focus upon problem gambling.

Figures released on the 18 September 2019 from Public Health Wales' Harm Reduction Database Wales: Drug related mortality, Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF) show that drug-related deaths in Wales are at their highest levels on record.

The gambling field must learn from alcohol research states a joint report from RCPsych Wales and Alcohol Concern Cymru: 'A losing bet?'.

Published Report (December 2018) (PDF)

An Assembly Member Bill, introduced by Paul Davies AM. Paul Davies AM was successful in a legislative ballot on 28 March 2017 and given leave to proceed with his Bill (PDF) by the Assembly on 14 June 2017.

The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

The overall purpose of the Bill is to ensure the needs of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Wales are met, and to protect and promote their rights. The Bill delivers this purpose by seeking to:

  • Introduce a strategy for meeting the needs of children and adults in Wales with ASD conditions which will:
    • Promote best practice in diagnosing ASD, and assessing and planning for meeting care needs;
    • Ensure a clear and consistent pathway to diagnosis of ASD in local areas;
    • Ensure that local authorities and NHS bodies take necessary action so that children and adults with ASD receive the timely diagnosis and support they need across a range of services;
    • Strengthen support for families and carers and ensure their wishes, and those of people with ASD, are taken into account;
    • Promote research, innovation and improvement in ASD Services;
    • Establish practices to enable the collection of reliable and relevant data on the numbers and needs of children and adults with ASD, so that the Welsh Ministers, and local and NHS bodies can plan accordingly;
    • Ensure key staff working with people with ASD are provided with appropriate ASD training; and
    • Regularly review the strategy and guidance to ensure progress.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to issue guidance to the relevant bodies on implementing the strategy.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to collect suitable data to facilitate the implementation of the Bill.
  • Require the Welsh Ministers to undertake a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of ASD.

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum (PDF).


Specific learning disabilities: for parents and carers

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