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We take disability issues very seriously at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals.

Our Disability Action Group meets every two months where the following five key disability strands are represented;

  • audio,
  • visual,
  • mobility,
  • speech and
  • learning disabilities.

Each strand has both a Trust staff champion and a patient representative champion.

The group focuses on issues that affect existing and new staff as well as visitors and patients to both of our hospital sites. If you have an issue that you require assistance with or simply an idea that you would like us to look into, then please contact one of the champions who will be happy to help you.

 

Accessibility at the Trust

You can find out more about accessibility to the key departments at the Trust on the DisabledGo website for:

 

Learning Disabilities

People with learning disabilities have a right to the same level of health care as that provided to the general population. This care should be flexible and responsive and any diagnosis or treatment must take account of specific needs associated with the person’s learning disability.

The term "Learning Disability (LD)" is used to describe a person who has developmental delay or intellectual disabilities which are usually evident from birth or early childhood.

There are three core criteria, which must be met for the term learning disability to apply:

  1. Significant impairment of intellectual function
  2. Significant impairment of adaptive and or social function (ability to cope on a day to day basis with the demands of his/her environment and the expectations of age and culture)
  3. Age of onset before adulthood.

 

The Liaison Nurses' Role

Provide support to people with learning disabilities and their carers prior to and during contact with the acute hospital i.e. outpatient appointments, emergency and planned admissions. The service is based on joint working and the type of support given will obviously depend on the individuals and their carers perceived needs and requests for support. So far my role has involved:-

Linking with departments within the hospital in order to advise carers and people with learning disabilities of what to expect from the hospital visit/stay i.e. how to get to the department, where to park, what to expect and how long the procedure will last.

 

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities

This policy has been developed and ratified by the Learning Disability Steering Group which represents Surrey’s five acute trusts including Ashford and St Peter’s. The steering group is a sub section of Surrey Health Care Group and Surreys’ Learning Disability Partnership Board. It addresses a number of important issues for people with learning disabilities when using Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.. This includes equality of access, easy to understand information, best interest decision making and the role of the Community Learning Disability Teams and support staff ... read more.

 

Mental Capacity Policy

This policy is for staff working within the Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust who are involved in the care and/or treatment of a person who is over 16 and may lack mental capacity in relation to specific decisions. The processes outlined in this policy must be followed to ensure that the decisions made with the patient are in line with the patient’s best interest. The policy is aimed at ensuring that the Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust work is in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 ...

 

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Disability Data 2016/17

Key findings:

  • 2% of the workforce state that they have a disability. This compares with 13% of staff survey respondents in 2016 who stated that they had a long standing illness, health problem or disability. This may indicate significant under-reporting of disability.
  • The Trust expects that the Workforce Disability Equality Standards will be introduced in April 2018 and will make preparations for compliance with this national standard.
  • Analysis of the Recruitment Activity Data shows that the relative likelihood of non-disabled staff being appointed from shortlisting compared to disabled staff is 1.23.

Disability status of workforce

  No Not Declared Yes Grand Total
Additional Clinical Services 14% 2% 0% 16%
Administrative and Clerical 20% 2% 1% 23%
AHPS 9% 1% 0% 11%
Estates and Ancillary 5% 1% 0% 7%
Medical and Dental 13% 2% 0% 15%
Nursing and Midwifery Registered 26% 3% 0% 29%
Grand Total 88% 10% 2% 100%