Learning Disability Week
Supported by the charity Mencap, Learning Disability Week is running from 18 to 24 June with this year’s campaign focusing on health and their campaign, Treat Me Well.
This week is a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness about the problems and issues people with a learning disability can face when having to spend time in hospital and what we can all do to help change this. If we can work together with NHS staff, we can:
- Raise awareness of disabilities
- Share good practice
- Make improvements where needed
Who are Mencap?
Mencap are one of the leading charities supporting and raising awareness for those that experience learning disabilities. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Their vision is for all people with a learning disability to be valued equally, listened to and included. Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life. Mencap feel that by tackling the issues head on through ongoing campaigning and the delivery of high quality support and services to the people who need us, they will be able to make a difference
To find out more about Mencap, click here.
Treat Me Well
Did you know that 1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in the NHS every year? This shocking fact is from Mencap and highlights the poor healthcare that many people face. They are hoping to make a real change so people with a learning disability always get the treatment they need in hospital. Sometimes, it can even be as simple as medical staff making reasonable adjustments in their care of patients:
- Better communication between medical staff and patients
- Clearer information given between patients, medical staff and vica versa
- More time being spent on understanding patient needs
You can support Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign by signing up on their website
How are Liferaft supporting Treat Me Well?
The Hospital Passport is an NHS initiative to help those with learning difficulties and is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn’t only about illness and health. It can sometimes be given a different name, like “personal record” or “my biography”, and may look different from hospital to hospital, but it is the information in it that is key to supporting the individual.
It’s about giving individuals who find it difficult to let others know how they like to be supported, what their likes and dislikes are, what help they need/don’t need, and generally have their voice heard, making their time in hospital more comfortable for the individual and their family.
When using a Liferaft Premium Account, you only need to add all your critical information once and update it when something changes. This same information can then be used to create different reports, of which the Hospital Passport is one. You can then either download the Hospital Passport and take it with you as a printed copy or email the Hospital Passport to the person who is helping you.
Liferaft is proud to be supporting Learning Disability Week by offering the first 50 people to sign up to receive the Liferaft newsletter and type “Learning Disability” into the comment box a Premium Liferaft License free for 6 months.
To find out more about Liferaft’s Hospital Passport, click here.
If you want to try a Liferaft account you can sign up for a no obligation trial.