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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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Paula Tapp Barbara Mushett Learning Disability Practice Award winner 2016

Barbara Mushett Learning Disability Practice Award 2016

We are pleased to announce the third annual EKHUFT Barbara Mushett Learning Disability Practice Award has been awarded to Paula Tapp - Kings D at William Harvey Hospital. The judges, Chief Nurse - Sally Smith, Barbara's sister - Jean and Surgical Matron - Caroline MacKenzie were impressed by the quality and quantity of nominations this year. They observed that Paula's nomination stood out from the crowd, emphasising the use of the 4C Framework noting that Paula 'personifies what this award is all about'.


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.


Report on improving communication with 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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