Pennine is getting it right for people with a learning disability

Ruth Bell
Pennine is getting it right for people with a learning disability
21 June 2016

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has signed up to Mencap’s ‘Getting it right charter’ to show its commitment to improving healthcare and treatment for people with a learning disability.

The announcement comes as the Trust joins with other NHS organisations in supporting this week’s national Learning Disability Awareness Week (20-27 June 2016).

People with a learning disability experience poorer health and poorer healthcare than the general population, with research exposing how 1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year in the NHS.

Mencap worked in partnership with a number of organisations to produce a charter for healthcare professionals, to help them work towards better health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with a learning disability.

To show its commitment to ‘getting it right’ The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has recently employed a Learning Disability Liaison Nurse and has committed to fulfilling all nine points of the ‘getting it right charter.’

Ruth Bell, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that we have further demonstrated our commitment to improving healthcare provision for people with learning disabilities by signing up to Mencap’s ‘Getting it right charter.’ The charter reminds us to see the person, not their disability, and to make any reasonable adjustments to care that they may need to ensure that their journey of care is person centred and the best that it can be.”

Mencap’s ‘Getting it right charter’ asks healthcare professionals to pledge to:

  • Make sure that hospital passports are available and used
  • Make sure that all our staff understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws
  • Appoint a learning disability liaison nurse
  • Make sure every eligible person with a learning disability can have an annual health check
  • Provide ongoing learning disability awareness training for all staff
  • Listen to, respect and involve families and carers
  • Provide practical support and information to families and carers
  • Provide information that is accessible for people with a learning disability
  • Display the ‘getting it right’ principles for everyone to see.

For more information about ‘getting it right’ please visit the Mencap website: www.mencap.org.uk/gettingitright

For more information about the Trust’s involvement with ‘getting it right’ please contact ruth.bell@pat.nhs.uk

Pictured: Ruth Bell, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust