Mencap campaigners raise awareness of healthcare inequality on Learning Disability Week
A group of campaigners have been raising awareness of healthcare inequality for those with learning disabilities at an event at West Suffolk Hospital.
The session, on Wednesday, June 20, was part of Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign, which ran as part of Learning Disability Week last week and saw similar initiatives launched across the country.
Andy Feather, who helped run the event, said: “This event was a chance for local campaigners to ensure our local NHS Trust and people who work in our hospitals are aware of the simple reasonable adjustments they need to be making by law. These adjustments can save lives. We were pleased to have the opportunity to talk to staff directly and thank West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust for their support.”
The group gathered in the hospital’s Time Out cafeteria where they spoke to staff members to help highlight the need for NHS Trusts to be aware of learning disabilities and make reasonable adjustments to their care.
Tony Green, lead nurse for safeguarding adults and learning disability liaison at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to host Mencap as part of Learning Disability Week; it’s really important that we raise awareness of ways in which hospital staff can further improve the care and treatment of people with learning disabilities when accessing our services.
“We work closely with staff to ensure they consider the needs of people with learning disabilities, to think about how they can make changes to communication so that the information we provide is clear and accessible, and that we give appropriate time to each patient interaction.”