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YOUR VIEW; Today's column comes from Lindsay Garcia, nurse consultant in critical care.

Byline: Lindsay Garcia

THIS week we are holding a number of events at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness around learning disabilities.

The learning disability partnership board recognises the scale of change required to transform care for people with learning disabilities and autism so that we get it right every time for every patient who accesses our services, whether it be in the acute or community setting.

Progress has been made, and one of our greatest achievements has been to work alongside our supported volunteers and learn from them.

Our patients, families and supported volunteers tell us that disabled people want hospital staff to: | Understand what reasonable adjustments are and why they are needed; | Consistently and routinely record disabled people's needs; | Provide reasonable adjustments - and share examples of good practice to support and embed them; | Monitor the provision of reasonable adjustments, in conjunction with the disabled person themselves.

People with a learning disability may have different needs.

Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference.

So if you are a carer of a patient with learning disabilities, and you have an idea about how their needs could be better met in our hospitals, please do tell our staff.

Recently we invited Backstreet Theatre Group - community based theatrical performers with varying degrees of learning disabilities - to launch our week long programme of events with a special performance in the James Cook Atrium.

Other events planned this week include: James Cook Learning Disability Week Awareness Stand - noon to 1pm until Thursday and 9am to 10am on Friday.

Friarage Learning Disability Week Awareness Stand - Friarage Hub, noon to 2pm today.

Ward walk around - tomorrow.

Celebration event - a thank you to our volunteers on Friday.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jun 19, 2018
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