A system of purple pathways developed by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is in use to help patients with learning disabilities or autism experience the best journey through our hospitals.

The information is presented as flowcharts that show clinicians and staff how the patient needs to move through hospital services to receive their treatments.

The charts are also detailed with contact information for further support. The purple pathways are being used across the trust in A&E, inpatients, outpatients, maternity and discharge.

The pathways are an integral part of our Learning Disabilities and Autism Policy and Procedure.

The discharge pathway is also included in the Trust’s discharge policy and is the accepted tri-borough discharge pathway.

We are pleased to know other London trusts are producing similar pathway information based on the Imperial model.

About the Author:

Inclusion and Vulnerability Officer for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with 5 acute hospital sites across West London.

One Comment

  1. chrisanderson 13 November 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Good Afternoon,

    My email is [email protected].

    I am at present a Specialist Screening Nurse Practitioner with the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme across the UK.

    We are trying to piece together a national “set of procedures / protocols” with reference to Supporting people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and the process for this cohort of participants to attend a Bowel Screening appointment which fully supports both the participant and the programme.

    Unfortunately I was unable to read the cards you have produced as and was wondering if I could have a copy emailed to me with the view of seeing if they could be utilised by the BCSP.

    If anything is found which is of use we would approach you for permission to go ahead and develop citing you as the source.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

    Chris Anderson
    QEQM Margate

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