A new hand hygiene training course has been developed by two nurses from Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust specifically for people with a learning disability.
The highly visual teaching pack was developed by community learning disabilities nurse Doneena Salmon and clinical nurse specialist infection prevention and control Christine Tomes.
“Everyone, regardless of their disability, should have equal access to good quality information to protect their health and wellbeing”
It contains tools to explain when and why hands should be washed, how germs are spread, where germs hide, and both how and when to wash hands.
The pack is designed to be used either in a group or one-to-one session and can be adapted to suit a range of abilities. It includes 12 slides with accompanying images and teaching notes.
The notes are intended to act as a reminder of some of the points that can be made. A certificate and stickers can also be printed out to give to participants completing the course.
Those behind the initiative said the aim of the teaching aid was to enable both adults and children of all ages to feel confident about hand hygiene and to also empower them to ask care givers to use good hand hygiene practices.
Nurses design learning disabilities hand hygiene pack
Ms Salmon said: “We believe everyone, regardless of their disability, should have equal access to good quality information to protect their health and wellbeing.
“We developed this teaching aid for adults and children of all ages and abilities to feel confident about hand hygiene and to empower them to ask care givers to use good hand hygiene practices,” she said.
She added: “Although the course material conveys serious hand hygiene messages, it is designed to make it more accessible to people with a learning disability to encourage participation and recall of the main messages.”