Archive for August, 2014

A new report focuses on the health experiences of Sefton residents with learning disabilities.

Last year the CCG funded a project with local organisation, People First. This trained people with learning disabilities to become ‘health champions’ about a range of topics to promote good health and wellbeing.

The champions then led nine ‘Health First’ roadshows where they encouraged others to get healthy. Healthwatch Sefton went along to ask those with learning disabilities what their experience of current health services was like, with some interesting results.

Whilst a quarter of those surveyed reported positive experiences, just under said there needed to be improvements.

They also suggested some changes for GP practices, dentists and hospitals. This included longer appointments, training for health staff, ensuring ‘easy read’ leaflets are available and better wheelchair access to buildings.

The report is being shared with local health services for them to consider. The CCG is organising training for GP practice staff as a result of the comments and it will also be considering some of the other suggestions made by local people with learning disabilities.

If you would like a copy of the report call Healthwatch Sefton on – or download it from www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk/experience-reports