One-page patient passport for people with learning disabilities
Darren Brodrick Service manager, Community health team, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
David Lewis Cheshire, Community health team, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Andy Worth Health facilitator, Community health team, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
April Marland Solicitor and advocacy co-ordinator, East Cheshire Advocacy, Macclesfield
People with learning disabilities can have negative experiences in hospitals. One of the key reasons for this is the lack of time available for staff to understand individuals’ needs. This article describes the development and implementation of the one-page patient passport, designed to provide individualised information about the person for doctors, nurses and administrative staff. The results from a pilot evaluation indicate that the tool promotes high levels of support for people with learning disabilities on admission to and during their stay in hospital.
Nursing Standard. 25, 47, 35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.07.25.47.35.c8644Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review