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.
1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in hospital, each and 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.
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.Read now
How you can help
You can get involved with and support Treat me well by signing up online.
We'll then send you actions you can take locally to help us transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.
You'll also hear stories from people with a learning disability. Understanding what people with a learning disability go through and sharing their stories will help raise awareness of this issue.Sign up now
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.
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 on SoundCloud.Listen now
Read Anne's story
Anne has a learning disability and mental health issues.
Here, she shares her two very different experiences in hospital, where reasonable adjustments were and were not made.
Find out what the difference was and what this meant for Anne.Read now
Share your story
If you have a story of your own hospital experience to share, please do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treat me well resources
Over the course of Treat me well 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.
Take a look at what we've got so far.