Two specialist nurses, Beky Golds-Jones and Alice Ellis, launched the new service in Brighton and West Sussex to support people with learning disabilities who need to visit hospital for an appointment or as patients.
The service began on 5 January and has already been praised by the government as an example of good practice in the new national ‘Valuing People Now’ strategy published by the government on 19 January.
Cath Scott, modern matron for learning disabilities at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the service, said: ‘Our trained nurses can help people who are worried about coming to hospital. They can help take the fear away. They also work alongside other doctors and nurses to add a professional view about people’s needs and wishes.
‘Because our nurses are trained in learning disability nursing they have expert knowledge, so they have the professional respect of other hospital staff, and they can assess people’s requirements to make sure they get the treatment and support they need, whether that is before an appointment, at admission, in the emergency department or on the wards,’ she added.
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