Trust signs up to Mencap Treat Me Well campaign

Trust signs up to Mencap campaign

Trust Learning Disability Nurses display Treat Me Well merchandise
Trust Learning Disability Nurses display Treat Me Well merchandise

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to the Treat Me Well campaign, run by learning disability charity Mencap, to develop parity of care for patients with learning disabilities in our hospitals. Treat Me Well follows the Getting it Right Charter, a Mencap campaign the Trust signed up to in 2010.

The campaign, launched by Mencap earlier this year, highlights the health inequalities people with learning disabilities can be faced with when using NHS services.

Lesley Crosby, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “Signing up to Treat Me Well is the next step in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme. Our team of Learning Disability Nurses already provide support to colleagues across the organisation to educate them about caring for patients with a learning disability, and we offer Learning Disability and Autism Awareness training to staff to further support this. As part of our pledge in signing up to Treat Me Well, we are launching the ADJUST criteria Trust wide, to ensure our staff are aware of the reasonable adjustments that can be made in order to accommodate the requirements of learning disabled patients. Simple adjustments can make a big difference”.

In January the Trust also introduced DisabledGo to create an accessible online guide which can be used by patients and visitors attending our hospitals. In the coming weeks the Trust will also be launching Inclusion as Standard, the new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion development plan.