Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference – better communication, more time and clearer information.

But we know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.

1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year.

Our campaign, Treat me well, calls on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability which can help to save lives.


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Activism Week 2018

Mencap's first ever Activist Week was from 15 to 21 October

Tying in with Treat me well, we called on campaigners to take action during Activism Week and demand change in their local hospital.

We also used this as an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant health campaigners who are making a difference around the country. 

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Write to your local NHS Trust

We need hospital bosses to take the lead so people with a learning disability don't die avoidably in hospital, and care improves.

Use our new e-action to send a message to the boss at your local NHS Hospital Trust (England) or Local Health Board (Wales), asking them to become a Treat me well champion. 

It's quick and easy - please take action now!


We want to hear from you!

We want to hear more from people with a learning disability and the people who support them about the experiences they've had in hospital.

So, we've created a survey as part of our Treat me well campaign so we can find out more.

Take a look and fill in the survey (by 31 December 2018). The more responses we get - the stronger our results will be!


Find a Treat me well group

Look at our map to find out if there's a Treat me well group near you.

Email if you would like to be put in touch with one of these groups.

Create your own Treat me well group

Around the country, groups are forming to campaign on health locally.

Want to set up your own group? Enter your details online here to download our new easy read guide to setting up a campaign group.


Do you work in a hospital?

If you work in a hospital you can get involved and support our campaign by signing up to become a Treat me well Champion.

We'll then send you the latest helpful tips and resources, straight from the heart of our campaign to help improve the care people with a learning disability receive in hospital.

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Hear the stories

Treat me well has been shaped by the stories we've heard from people with a learning disability and their families.

We want you to hear from some of the people we've spoken to, and what their experiences of the NHS have been.

Treat me well: Desmond's story

"I wish the doctors could have told me what was happening and why."
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Treat me well: Jane's story

Hear from Jane, whose son James has a learning disability, on why she thinks it is essential that senior medical staff should have mandatory disability awareness training.
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Treat me well: Ronnie's story

Ronnie missed out on the support he needed when he was in hospital. He was fed incorrectly and his communication needs were not understood. Here, Ronnie's nieces, Karen and Jen, describe what happened.
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If you have a story of your own hospital experience to share, please do let us know by emailing

You can also get involved on Facebook and Twitter, using #TreatMeWell

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Over the course of Treat me well and Learning Disability Week 2018 we'll be creating lots of resources to support the campaign and its goal to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

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