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Ensuring service users can access crucial information

Jean Howieson Acute liaison nurse practitioner, Kirklands Hospital adult learning disability service, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Karen Clarke Primary care liaison nurse practitioner, Kirklands Hospital adult learning disability service, Bothwell, Lanarkshire

Jean Howieson and Karen Clarke explain how they developed accessible information resources on screening programmes for people with learning disabilities

When people with learning disabilities use mainstream healthcare services, they are more likely to receive poor standards of care. They seldom attend screening programmes, often because they lack accessible information about them. This article describes how two learning disability nurses in NHS Lanarkshire co-ordinated and led a project to develop and appraise a range of easy read booklets and DVDs, a total communication aid and a website, to improve the accessibility of information for people with learning disabilities and staff involved in their care.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 1,22-25. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.02.16.1.22.e664

Correspondence

jeanhowieson@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 May 2012

Accepted: 06 June 2012