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Doing simple things can improve care for people with learning disabilities

Talking to patients and those close to them, as well as checking health passports, can help to improve treatment 
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Talking to patients and those close to them, as well as checking health passports, can help to improve treatment

Read anything about progress on the treatment received by people with learning disabilities since the publication of the Winterbourne View report and you will read about ‘commitment to transforming care’.

Why then, despite all good intentions, do reports suggest that in NHS trusts people with a learning disability are still not being identified, that the need for reasonable adjustments are not being recognised and we are not complying with the law, particularly the Mental Capacity Act 2005?

We shoot ourselves in the foot the whole time and fail to do the simplest things that can help: speak to the person themselves, their families and carers, or look in the health passport that tells you what is important to meet that person’s

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