Hospital highlights health risks for people with learning disabilities

PEOPLE with learning disabilities face greater health risks because of inequalities in health and social care. This issue was highlighted by staff from Basildon University Hospital and local learning disability teams, during Learning Disability Week.

The event, supported by the charity Mencap, was designed to raise awareness and help improve standards of care for people with learning disabilities.

Staff from South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), Essex County Council and Basildon Hospital organised an information stand in hospital reception and spoke to colleagues, visitors and patients.

Sarah Pope was appointed Head of Safeguarding at Basildon University Hospital in July. She said: “People with learning disabilities often face health issues because they may not be able to access services, and it is important that health professionals and providers understand that. This awareness week is about highlighting the inequalities that can affect vulnerable people to help us improve the services we offer them.”

Sarah was joined by Rosalind White, Health Facilitation Nurse with SEPT and Natalie Biggs, who works as a health access champion for Essex County Council. Natalie said: “We help to raise awareness so people understand how to approach others who have learning disabilities.

We work to support different groups and go out and give presentations.”

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