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Raising awareness of inequality
STAFF at Basildon Hospital have been doing their bit to raise awareness of the inequalities in health and social care faced by those people suffering with learning disabilities.
The problem often means those with learning difficulties face greater health risks, because they don’t always get access to the care they need.
During Learning Disability Week, staff from the hospital joined forces with local learning disability teams, supported by the charity Mencap, to raise awareness of the issues and help improve standards of care for people with learning difficulties.
Staff from the South Essex Partnership Trust, Essex County Council and Basildon Hospital organised an information stand in hospital reception and spoke to colleagues, visitors and patients. Sarah Pope, head of safeguarding at the hospital, said: “People with learning disabilities often face health issues because they may not be able to access services, and it is important that health professionals and providers understand that.
“This awareness week is about highlighting the inequalities that can affect vulnerable people to help us improve our services.”
Natalie Biggs, who works as a health access champion for Essex County Council, said: “We help to raise awareness so people understand how to approach others who have learning disabilities.
We work to support different groups and go out and give presentations.”
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