Learning Disabilities and Autism Service
Hello my name is Ruth Bell I am the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse and I am part of the Safeguarding team. I am here to give advice and support to;
- Adults, children and young people with learning disabilities and or autism who are coming into hospital or using our services
- Parents and carers of a patient with learning disabilities and or autism.
- Members of hospital staff who need advice about caring for a patient with learning disabilities and or autism
If you are coming into hospital or are already in hospital you can contact me if you want to talk about any specific needs you may have and ensure that reasonable adjustments are put into place.
Ruth Bell - Learning Disability Liaison Nurse
Tel: 0161 918 4370 or 07896 903 290
Tel: 0161 720 2458 or 0161 918 4420
What is a Learning Disability?
The answer is that it’s different for every person who has one. But there are some things that are true for everyone with a learning disability, and some common (and not so common) conditions that will mean you have a learning disability
A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.
People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.
The level of support someone needs depends on the individual. For example, someone with a mild learning disability may only need support with things like getting a job. However, someone with a severe or profound learning disability may need fulltime care and support with every aspect of their life – they may also have physical disabilities.
People with certain specific conditions can have a learning disability too. For example, people with Down’s syndrome and some people with autism have a learning disability. (Mencap https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/what-learning-disability )
What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.
Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing. (National Autistic Society http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is.aspx )
My Traffic Light Hospital Passport
Here is a link to the Traffic Light Hospital Passport document. You can complete it and bring a copy with you into hospital to give to the doctors and nurses looking after you. It gives them important information about you, including any reasonable adjustments you need, and helps them make sure that all your needs are met.
Tell us about your hospital stay it will help us make our services better. You can do this by speaking to the Learning Disability Liaison nurse or by filling in one of the forms below and sending it to us.
Click the image below to download the FFT Easy Read form.
Download the 'Have your Say - Your Time in Hospital' form
Local Community Learning Disability Teams for health and social care support & advice
- North Manchester- Crescent Bank (Adults) - 0161 861 2958
- Manchester Children with Disabilities team- 0161 902 3400
- Oldham- (Adults and Children & Young People) - 0161 770 3770
- Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (Adults) - 01706 676767
- Bury-Adults & Children - 0161 762 3263
- Tameside- 0161 304 5860
- Salford 0161 793 2090
Useful websites and accessible information
Talbot House- supporting families of people with learning disabilities Sorting out problems with your hospital care
Mencap - Treat me well campaign
Treat me well is our campaign to transform the way people with a learning disability are treated in hospital. Simple adjustments make a big difference. More time, better communication and clearer information can all help to make sure someone with a learning disability is treated well in hospital.
Sorting out problems with your hospital care - This booklet tells you what to do if you are not happy with your health care. Download resource
Getting the support you need - This guide explains how to ask for things in hospital to be done in a way that works for you. Download resource