Helpful information for healthcare professionals
Take a look at the headings below and the links to easy read guides underneath.
Treating patients with a learning disability
See our Treat me well resources, which include resources for healthcare professionals.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for social care: Best interest decisions (from the Social Care Institute for Excellence)
Rights to healthcare
We've created this guide to explains the rights of people with a learning disability when accessing healthcare (PDF) during the coronavirus outbreak.
If you are concerned that someone's needs are not being met speak to the hospital learning disability nurse or safeguarding team.
If you need help, contact the Learning Disability Helpline.
Information and resources from the NHS
Information about learning disabilities from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Grab and Go form
The coronavirus 'Grab and Go' form (Word) has been designed by family carers and NHS England, with support from organisations like Mencap.
The form can be used as well as a hospital passport, to tell healthcare workers what they really need to know in case someone has to go to hospital with coronavirus symptoms.
The form also comes with guidance on how to fill it in as effectively as possible.
If you are concerned about someone's care
If you are a healthcare professional and you are concerned about a person with a learning disability's care, NHS England advise following your own internal and local area escalation process.
It may also be helpful to speak to your hospital safeguarding team and learning disability nurse if you have one.
If the person with a learning disability is in the community, try to speak to the local area safeguarding team and the community learning disability team.
You can also contact Mencap's Learning Disability Helpline for information and advice if you are concerned about someone's care. (This is a Mencap service and does not replace any official escalation or safeguarding process.)
Information from GOV.uk
Help with communication
Support with communicating with a person with a learning disability (PDF) (from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust)
Pain scale tool (PDF) (from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust)
Medical jargon buster: how to communicate terms and phrases in an accessible way (PDF) (from the General Medical Council)
More information about coronavirus
We've created lots of information about coronvirus (COVID-19) to help during this time, including:
- information for support workers
- keeping busy and activity ideas
- help to keep safe and well
- going to hospital.
Visit the coronavirus section of our website to find out more.