Staff from Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area hospitals have participated in a morning of learning disability awareness training. The training was organised as part of the Southern Trust’s drive to promote Mencap’s ‘Treat Me Well’ campaign which aims to improve the experience of people with a learning disability in hospitals. Nursing, social work and pharmacy staff along with a number of allied health professionals, took part in the session to increase their awareness of how to better meet the needs of people with a learning disability whilst in their care.
Specialists from the Trust’s Learning Disability Team, Mencap and the Public Health Agency shared their expertise with hospital colleagues; a service user and two carers gave their perspective of bringing an adult with a learning disability to hospital; and Speech and Language Therapists were on hand to teach some Makaton signs.
At what level did the PPI take place?
PPI helped the project to:
- Improve quality
Mencap’s ‘Treat Me Well’ campaign has been ongoing and aims to improve the experience of people with a learning disability in hospitals.
Aim of involvement
The aim of Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign is to improve the experience of people with a learning disability in hospitals.
By extending this training to local hospitals and inviting service users and carers to share their experiences the aim of this involvement was to raise awareness of the treatment of those with disabilities in hospitals and teach useful skills.
Feedback/quotes from service users/carers involved
“We want to make sure that everyone using our services receives the best possible care and recognise that in many cases, some very simple adjustments like – better communication, taking more time and giving clearer information, can make a huge difference to the experience of a person with a learning disability.”
September 2018 – January 2019
For further information, contact:
Majella Gorman, (User Involvement Development Officer)
Promoting Wellbeing Department
St Luke’s Hospital
71 Loughgall Road
BT61 7 NQ
Tel: 028 37564496