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.
For those with learning disabilities, it may also be necessary to find different ways to explain what is going to happen, so the patient can be fully engaged in treatment. This is especially important given the changes to care delivery and wider social challenges that have resulted from the covid-19 pandemic over recent months.
This award will highlight initiatives which have delivered compassionate, efficient and most importantly safe services.
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.