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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Profound Impact Day 2019

On 21 May we celebrated Profound Impact Day, focusing on the issues facing people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in hospital.

We know there are huge issues in hospital with how heathcare professionals involve people with PMLD and their carers in partnership. We want to challenge this and use Profound Impact Day to:

  • help healthcare professionals understand the importance of working in partnership with people with PMLD and their supporters, and how to make this happen
  • equip people with PMLD and their supporters to feel prepared for a hospital visit and understand their rights in hospital.

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Watch and share our video

For Profound Impact Day (21 May), we brought together people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, their supporters and healthcare professionals to discuss how partnership can help improve the experiences of hospital care.

Watch the video to see what happened. 

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Find a Treat me well group

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

Email campaigns@mencap.org.uk 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.

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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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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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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.

Profound Impact Day 2019: Leroy's story

Hear from Leroy about what profound and multiple learning disability means to him and why he thinks Profound Impact Day is so important.
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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

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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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