PERFORMANCE: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has launched an initiative designed to aid communication between the trust and patients with learning disabilities.

The “My healthcare passport” was launched in January after hospital staff, patients, carers, and community health and social care professionals came together to discuss the initiative in December.

People with learning disabilities and their carers should be given a copy when they are admitted to hospital.

It is intended to help hospital staff to provide the best possible care, through:

  • improving communication
  • enabling choice making
  • knowing who to collaborate with and
  • to co-ordinate care effectively