The treatment that people with a learning disability receive in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of this country. This has to change.
Treat Me Well is a national campaign to improve hospital care for people with a learning disability. Simple changes to hospital care, like better communication alongside more time and clearer information, can make a big difference. The Treat Me Well campaign will call on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability, which would make using hospital much easier and could even save lives. Vanessa Cowley, who regularly attends our Valuing People Now events has been appointed as a member of the national steering group for the campaign.
The group will make decisions on:
– What things are most important to work on.
– How to get more people to join the campaign.
– Ensuring the campaign is working for everyone with a learning disability.
– Helping Mencap to make sure that information is easy for people with a learning disability to understand.
Vanessa comments: ‘I feel very proud that I have been chosen to represent people with a learning disability. I have always been passionate about speaking up for other people, I myself have a son who has learning difficulties and mental health issues, so I want to make a difference to people around me. I feel very excited that I have been successful and look forward to making a change happen within the health world, thank you.’
If you would like to get involved in the Treat Me Well Campaign in East Kent, please contact Michelle or phone 07577 681783