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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Success for Treat me well!

The Government has announced that all hospitals must train their staff in basic learning disability awareness. The training will be launched next year. 

This is a great news for campaigners who have been working for years for better healthcare for people with learning disability. It follows closely on the Government's announcement in August that learning disability and autism will be one of the 4 top NHS clinical priorities for the next 10 years. 

It is also a big success for Treat me well campaigners, including Paula McGowan, who have been campaigning for all hospital staff to be trained in learning disability. 

Later this year, the Government will be asking people for their views on what more in-depth training doctors and nurses should get. This should include training about making reasonable adjustments and knowing important laws (e.g. The Mental Capacity Act). 

So, we will be asking campaigners to make their voices heard and tell the Government what they think.

This announcement is good news, but we must continue to campaign to ensure that doctors and nurses get the higher-level training they need, which will help to saves lives.

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Activist of the year awards

Are you a passionate activist campaigning on health in England, Wales or Northern Ireland? If so, you could be our activist of the year.

Nominations for our Activist of the year awards are now open (until 9am on 1 October), with winners announced on 15 October.

There is an award for an activist with a learning disability, and an award for an ally (e.g. a healthcare professional, family member or support worker).

The winners will be chosen by our Treat me well steering group, and will get a chance to speak in Parliament in front of MPs and Ministers, in November.

You can nominate yourself, or someone else today!

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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. The more responses we get - the stronger our results will be!

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Learning Disability Week 2018 and Treat me well

Learning Disability Week 2018 was from 18 to 24 June and was all about health - with a big focus on Treat me well.

This was a chance for people with a learning disability and NHS staff to celebrate and share good practice, and to work together to improve care that isn't good enough. We asked people to hold events in their local hospital in England and Northern Ireland throughout the week.

This map shows where Treat me well events happened during the week. Click on the different locations to find out more:

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 reallifestories@mencap.org.uk.

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

Listen to Rachel's story

Rachel visited hospital when she had severe stomach pains. 

The experience was overwhelming as she felt as though she was not being listened to, or communicated with in a way that she could understand.

You can listen to Rachel's full story online - episode 6 is out now!

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Treat me well report

We know we can only make a real difference to healthcare inequalities if we work together with those who are at the front line of the NHS.

Therefore, we've carried out research not only with people with a learning disability, but also healthcare professionals, hospital trusts and universities teaching medical and nursing students.

Read our report to find and more and what we're calling for. You can also read the report in easy read format.

We've also created this handy infographic which shows some of the key stats, facts and figures from the report.

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Find out more

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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