Read two examples of good practice in NHS trusts:
Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Both organisations have been working together to improve the care and treatment they give to people with a learning disability.
They knew that when people with a learning disability were admitted to hospital, staff were struggling to understand their needs, how they communicate and the extra support they might need to keep safe.
To make things better, they set up a ‘patient passport'. This is available on a CD:Rom and holds an electronic database that records the full range of needs of the individual, information they and their families and carers provide, that acute staff can access quickly to make sure needs are met when they have to come into hospital.
The patient passport lets people know how the person is when well to stop diagnostic overshadowing, and highlights specific care needs, like help with eating or drinking.
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- Kent, A (2007) Improving the patient journey through the acute hospital setting, Community Connecting, issue 11, pp18-21
- Kent, A (2008) Improving acute care of people with LD, Nursing Times, Vol105, no 5, p32-33
Ealing hospital trust
Ealing Hospital Trust held a study day on learning disability, covering issues like understanding learning disability, capacity and consent, protection of vulnerable adults and where to get more information and help.
Most importantly, the day included people with a learning disability talking about their experience of hospital, bringing the issues to life for health professionals.
The day had a multi-disciplinary attendance, and feed back was very positive. It was described as a ‘practical and useful' and the input from people with a learning disability ‘enhanced the day'.
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