18 June 2018
Learning Disability Week 2018
Making sure that people with a learning disability get
good healthcare in hospital is the focus of this year's Learning
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust, which
provides services for people with a learning disability across Avon
and Wiltshire, is supporting the awareness-raising week which takes
place from 18-24 June.
The 'treat me well' campaign is at
the heart of this year's message. Simple changes in hospital
care can make a huge difference for people with a learning
disability. The campaign is about better communication, more
time and clear information.
A learning disability affects the way a person understands
information and how they communicate. Around 1.5million people in
the UK have one. It is thought up to 350,000 people have severe
learning disabilities and this figure is on the up.
It is hoped that the week will spread the word about some
of the issues people with a learning disability can face in getting
good healthcare when they are hospital. The aim is to
identify the problems and make improvements.
NHS colleagues are being encouraged to work
together to improve care that isn't good enough, and sign up to the
Dan Wilkins, Learning Disability Manager for AWP Mental
Health Trust said: "As a Trust, we provide a range of learning
disability services across Avon and Wiltshire. This means we
work closely with our service users to improve services, help them
achieve their goals and live fulfilled lives.
"Raising awareness to help people with learning
disabilities and supporting them to live their lives to the fullest
is a priority for our Trust so we are looking forward to using the
awareness raising week to amplify our message.
"We know that sometimes people who have a learning
disability don't get access to good quality hospital or community
care and this is something we are committed to changing.
"We are also committed to partnership working to ensure
the provision of high quality services and reasonable adjustments
for people who have a learning disability is at the forefront of
everything we do."