access to community services for black and minority ethnic groups: increasing staff awareness
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access to community services for black and minority ethnic groups: increasing staff awareness

Amy Hebblethwaite Research assistant, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Alison Woods Speech and language therapist, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Anne Stokle Community nurse, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Annette Hames Consultant clinical psychologist, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Ruth Macha Senior physiotherapist, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lucy Moss Research assistant, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sarah Wharton Research assistant, Community Team Learning Disability, Newcastle upon Tyne

Amy Hebblethwaite and colleagues describe how a staff training course was developed and evaluated in response to concerns about access issues relating to people with black and minority ethnic backgrounds

The Valuing People White Paper identified that ‘services and support to people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities are failing to meet the needs of individuals and their families’ (Department of Health (DH) 2001a). This was developed in an accompanying report (DH 2001b), which stated that ‘minority ethnic communities face substantial inequalities and discrimination in employment, education, health and social services’; and that ‘people with learning difficulties from minority ethnic communities experience simultaneous disadvantage in relation to race, impairment and, for women, gender.’

Learning Disability Practice. 9, 4,10-14. doi: 10.7748/ldp2006.05.9.4.10.c1661

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