"Training staff about patients with learning disabilities"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Nottingham NG3 6AA
Posted by MickyFilmStar (as ),
I've been on TV, I've been on the radio, I've been on Central News around learning disabilities.
I work with the acute liaison team for Nottinghamshire Healthcare based at City & QMC.
I train medical staff about patients with learning disabilities, about the anxiety they might have and how the medical staff can help make people feel netter.
We devised the traffic light system
Red is important information, contact details, next of kin, allergies
Amber is all about how to support me while in hospital, like toiletting, personal hygiene, and medicines
Green is likes and dislikes, for example someone might be nervous of needles or a mask or like their food moist. It also means that the doctors and nurses can talk to people about what they like while they're having treatment which helps keep the patients calm.
It's really important to me because I've had a bad experience in the past (with doctors touching my eyes without asking for my permission, and a locum doctor who showed that he had no faith in me recovering from cancer because I had a disability) and I believe people with learning disabilities should have equal rights to good healthcare. We're not asking for more, just equal.
I love my work, I've always wanted to work in health and now I'm doing it. In the future I'm hoping to go into wards with iPads to ask people with learning disabilities how their treatment and care is going, and if they have what they need.