UCLH producing short films for patients with learning disabilities 

11/03/2016 00:00 
UCLH is producing a series of short films designed to help patients with learning disabilities with their visits to hospital.

The series, the first of which have just been published on YouTube, also raises awareness of their needs among UCLH staff.

Tim Buck, clinical nurse specialist, led the project. He said: “Research shows that people with learning disabilities face health inequalities when accessing mainstream health services. This can be made worse by poor communication and misunderstandings.

“We want to raise awareness of the support available for patients with learning disabilities both within UCLH and in the wider community. The films will help remove some of the barriers that patients face by giving them a walk-through of what to expect when visiting each department. The aim is to remove as much ambiguity as possible and help prepare patients for a trip to the hospital.”

Jackie McMorrow from The Advocacy Project’s User Involvement group, SURGE in Camden, is one of the actors with learning disabilities who starred in the films. She said: “Patients with learning disabilities need plenty of information before making a hospital visit. They need to know which extra documents to bring with them and also what to expect once they get there. These films can help to avoid confusion and upset.”

Ten films are being made, each focusing on a key department or area of care at UCLH. The series is available to view here.

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