Learning Disability Week 2022, taking place from 20-26 June, is an annual campaign organised by the Mencap charity that raises awareness on what it’s like to live with a learning disability. It aims to help remove stigma and discrimination and educate more people about learning disabilities.
Here, we feature Pamela Miles and Helen Murrell, both Acute Liaison Nurses at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. They have come together this week to highlight their service and ensure people are aware of learning disabilities and what they can do to help if you or a family member needs their service.
The busy team of two works hard daily to provide safe, high-quality care to patients with a diagnosed learning disability – this could be through physiological treatment or offering support and advice.
From providing support with appointments, procedures and ensuring enhancements are made within the hospital and community for people with a learning disability, their motto is: “We want to ensure the voice of the person with a learning disability is heard.”
Pam said: “We support anyone with a formal diagnosis of a learning disability over the age of 18. We then advise what reasonable adjustments need to be put into place to support an individual. We are open for advice for our colleagues and the public too, just call 01922 656443.”
Helen added: “This week gives us the opportunity to bring the importance of people with a learning disability to the public eye and promote our services within the hospital – it’s our time to shine.”
Thank you for working together to care for Walsall patients and for putting people with learning disabilities first!