Health professionals are working hard to increase staff awareness around learning disabilities

This February, Mencap is launching a new three-year health campaign, which will focus on the treatment that people with a learning disability receive in hospital. There will be launch events across the country and Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH ) will be joining forces with Wirral Mencap to promote the initiative.

 

At 2.30pm on Thursday 15th February, colleagues are invited to attend a staff engagement session introduced by Chief Operating officer and Interim Director of Nursing, Janelle Holmes and facilitated by Mencap. The session will last around 45 minutes and aims to increase understanding of how staff can provide the best possible care to patients with learning disabilities. This includes making sure that their needs are understood and valued, making reasonable adjustments where needed, communicating effectively and involving them and their family in decisions about their care.

 

Afterwards WUTH staff and representatives from Mencap will be in the Information Bank at Arrowe Park Hospital where they will be joined by people with learning disabilities and their friends and family who will be sharing their experiences and thoughts to support colleagues with their work.

 

All WUTH staff are welcome to pop along to both events and there is no need to book. Details are as follows:

 

Staff session – Caring for people with Learning Disabilities

Friday 15th February

2.30-3.15pm

Boardroom, Education Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital

 

Information Stall

Friday 15th February

3.30-4.30pm

Information Bank, Arrowe Park Hospital

 

Visit the Mencap website for more information about their health campaign.