As part of 2019 national Learning Disability Awareness Week, a new innovative scheme has been launched in Doncaster to make it much easier for people with a learning disability and/or autism to access and receive care and treatment they need across primary care.
Following national success of the Hospital Traffic Light system, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust and Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group have worked in partnership to create a brand new primary health and care passport that is set to provide an overview of each individual, making it easier for health and care professionals to provide the right treatment.
The passport provides an overview of individuals and behaviours they display when they are well. It includes key information based on who the individual is, how they prefer to communicate, what medication they take and how health and care professionals know if the individual is in pain or displaying signs they may be unwell.
The passports will help prevent common questions asked of individuals with a learning disability and/or autism which are often repeated and can become confusing for the individual. This can often lead to individuals with a learning disability and/or autism not attending or accessing appointments with their local GP or nurse.
A purple wristband has been developed to accompany the passport, making it much easier for health and care professionals working in primary care to be aware an individual has a learning disability and/or autism, enabling them to read the passport before an appointment or contact takes place.
The passport will be rolled out to all GP practices across Doncaster and testing will continue to take place on an on-going basis to review its effectiveness and how it is supporting individuals with a learning disability and/or autism.
Watch a short video below from the Health Action Team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Nick Tupper – the importance of the LD primary care passport to health and care staff and how it should be used
You can also find out more about the new LD primary care passport at a number of events taking place across Doncaster this week (w/c 17 June 2017). After these events, please contact the Health Action team direct.