When caring for someone who has acquired or grown up with learning impediments or disabilities there can be additional challenges in delivering safe, high-quality care. Distinct issues face service users and their carers in this field, so organisations and care systems need to apply safety checks and standards to ensure substantive mitigation in harm.
Now highlighted as a top priority in the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, aims include ensuring people with a learning disability are more visible, that they are listened to, and that reasonable adjustments are made to ensure they have better access to healthcare.
This award will highlight initiatives which have delivered compassionate, efficient and most importantly safe, equitable services that are delivering improved health outcomes.
Judges are seeking projects that have demonstrably increased the safety and reliability of care for those with learning disabilities, whether generally or for a specific condition or need. Entries are accepted from NHS or public sector providers delivering excellent standards of care.