The campaign is aimed at improving reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability and improving the knowledge and awareness of people with a learning disability, their family members, carers and supporters about reasonable adjustments in our health services.
Ten years after Mencap highlighted the issue of avoidable deaths amongst people with a learning disability, Mencap’s Treat Me Well campaign hopes to address the issue by calling on Health and Social Care Trusts to ensure that all health professionals working in hospitals are suitably trained to meet the needs of patients with a learning disability.
At the event held in St Mark’s Drop in Centre in Newtownards, people with a learning disability and campaigners highlighted the need for Health and Social Care Trusts to ensure people with a learning disability receive good quality healthcare treatment; and that health professionals are trained to make reasonable adjustments to their care.
‘Research has shown that people with a learning disability can have worse health outcomes than those in the general population.'
The team of volunteers at St Mark's Drop in Centre helped run the Treat Me Well launch event. Janice Reilly, the Club Treasurer stated:
'This event was a chance for local campaigners to kick-start this national campaign and to ensure Health and Social Care Trusts are aware of the simple reasonable adjustments that can be made. These adjustments can save lives.’