Week commencing 14th October is national Treat Me Well Activist Week (https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-... ) and here at ULHT we have been very active in our work supporting our patients with learning disabilities and Autism.
We launched our ULHT LD Bundle during #LDWeek19 and we have a very active Treat Me Well Action Group with patients and carers as well as staff. One of the pieces of work we are currently focusing on is supporting people with toileting and bathroom needs.
The Trust has submitted a bid for national funding to develop Changing Places (http://www.changing-places.org... ) and we are still waiting to hear but we are thinking about how we help in the interim. We have developed a poster to display in areas throughout our sites so people know how and where to get help if they need it. The poster has been designed with key information that our patients and their carers have told us is needed; so not just where the nearest disabled loo is but what if they need some physical help or if the person needs to lie flat to be changed.....? We sent a simple questionnaire around to staff before hand and the poster was developed from there.
We are launching this during Activist Week and #FabChange19. We have comms on high alert and our volunteers ready to laminate and distribute posters; we have briefed key staff and liaised with our duty managers and site sisters so that if someone needs help and may need to use a bed or a trolley for a few minutes they may be called to find them somewhere.
It's such a simple little thing - but for someone with significant needs it can make a huge difference.
The little things are the big things.
‘Each one of us can make a change….together we make a difference’