New films for patients with learning disabilities 

19/01/2016 00:00 
Two new films aimed at patients with learning disabilities have been published on the UCLH Youtube channel. The new films explain what a patient can expect if they present to the Emergency Department or are admitted to the Acute Medical Unit.

The films have been produced by UCLH in conjunction with The Advocacy Project, a service run by people with learning disabilities, and draw on patient feedback. More films are planned over the next year featuring various departments and hospitals across UCLH.

Clinical nurse specialist Tim Buck, who is leading the project and provides support and guidance to patients with learning disabilities and the staff caring for them, said: "At UCLH we want to ensure that patients with learning disabilities get the same access to healthcare as anybody else, this involves removing any potential barriers and making reasonable adjustments. The films will help to prepare patients for what to expect when they come to the Emergency Department and improve the patient’s pathway through the trust.”

“There’s a growing awareness throughout the NHS that people with learning disabilities face health inequalities, in terms of accessing appropriate treatments. This can be made worse by poor communication and misunderstandings.”

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK, many of whom find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate and they are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital each year as the general population. 

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