17 February 2014

Friends and family meet learning disabilities team

Learning Disability eventThe Learning Disabilities Intensive Team held their first friends and family event on 22 January, providing a forum for carers to meet with others who support relatives with a learning disability.

Involvement Coordinator Jess Wright attended the evening to talk about the value of the Triangle of Care through which the service user, carer and service provider work together.

The event gave the team the opportunity to meet carers informally and to explain how this relatively new team was created last year following the closure of the local Learning Disability Inpatient Service.

It was also an opportunity for the team to share the way it gathers information from the past and present into one place to help the team have a better understanding about what is happening for the service user and what they need. Carers were able to share their experiences of living with a person with a learning disability, and there was home-cooked food available for all to enjoy.

Wendy Wright, lead occupational therapist, says: "It was really valuable to hear the experiences shared, as friends and families are the only 'constant' in the person's life as they move through many different services.

Their involvement can help us to plan and develop better services. We all felt it was a good evening and plan to meet again every couple of months."

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