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Supporting people with learning disabilities

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust acknowledges the findings of Mencap's ‘Death by Indifference’ the independent inquiry into access to health care by Sir Jonathan Michael and more recently the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of people with learning disabilities

The Trust wants to ensure that patients with learning disabilities, their families, carers and all staff have the right support to get the best possible healthcare services.

The Trust knows that people with learning disabilities are more likely to come into Hospital via A&E and experience repeated admissions compared to the general population. We are working with our partners to confront and reduce this.

One tool our frontline staff have created is the 4C framework for making reasonable adjustments. These areas are:- 

  • Communication

  • Choice Making

  • Collaboration

  • Coordination

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Our learning disability pledge

Since September 2010 we have been in partnership with Thanet College (now East Kent College) and Kent Supported Employment to provide adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to experience real work in an NHS environment which incorporates ‘on the job’ learning and increases their employability skills.

As part of NHS England’s 5 Year Forward View we wanted to build upon this and enlisted the support of Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex’s (HEE KSS) Intellectual Disabilities Programme.

As a result we signed up to the Learning Disability Pledge.

A report was published in April 2018 to highlight all the good work done so far with our partners, with a view that it can start to raise awareness of how organisations can support those with a learning disability within their workplace.

Please take the time to access the report here or
 download the easy read version here.

Kings D scoop the Barbara Mushett Award 2018

We are pleased to announce that Kings D staff at the William Harvey Hospital have been awarded the 2018 EKHUFT Barbara Mushett Award. 

The award recognises the adjustments and changes that Trust staff make for people with learning disabilities. 

Handing them the award, Barbara’s sister, Jean Anthony said: “The whole team work together as one and really do pull together when times get tough.

“The team are always putting vulnerable patients first – from admission to discharge. I and families like mine along with all of the learning disability patients, would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”


My Healthcare Passport

Good communication is essential for the care of all people, but this is particularly so for people with learning disabilities.

Choice Making

Good quality care involves people being involved in their healthcare choices, the same is true for people with learning disabilities.


Partnership is vital for good quality seamless care. People with learning disabilities often have families, care workers, and advocates who may be important to be involved.


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Good quality care is organised and evidence based, bringing people together to ensure good outcomes.

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