What is the Regional HSC Passport?
The Regional HSC Passport has been developed by the PHA and the Regional General Hospital Forum for Learning Disability for people with a learning disability to complete (with or without help) and present to staff every time they have contact with a general hospital. It gives staff important information on the person and how they prefer to communicate, their medical history and any support they might need while in hospital. Staff can then make any reasonable adjustments in order to provide the best possible care for people with a learning disability.
The Hospital Passport will help to let hospital staff know all about your abilities and needs. This will help them give you better care when you are in hospital.
What is the aim of this study?
To develop Best Practice Guidelines, identify and address potential barriers for the further implementation and utilisation of the Regional Health and Social Care (HSC) Hospital Passport for people with learning disabilities.
Who can participate?
People with learning disabilities, families/carers, and healthcare professionals over the age of 18 who have used the Regional HSC Hospital Passport.
Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University would like to know if you have used the HSC Passport and what are your views on it.
What is involved?
An interview to tell us your views and experiences on using the Regional HSC Hospital Passport. Focus groups to hear your views on the proposed Best Practice Guidelines.
What are the benefits of taking part?
This may have an impact on individuals with learning disabilities when they attend hospital.