Learning Disability Champions

Who can be a Learning Disability Champion?
  • Learning Disability Champions

    We believe Learning Disabilities is everybody’s business. There are 1.5 million people in the UK and 75,000 people in Wales with a learning disability. At any one time 2% of patients in hospital will have a learning disability. We believe training on Learning Disability should be mandatory.

    Our vision is to see Learning Disability Liaison Nurses in every hospital in Wales and in the UK. These Liaison Nurses would train and  support Learning Disability Champions in their hospitals.

    At the moment not all Welsh Health Boards have LD Liaison Nurses in post but we hope this will change quickly. A list of the current Learning Disability Liaison Nurses around Wales can be found below.

    We also work with Welsh Universities to support Student Learning Disability Champion training amongst nursing students.

    Learning Disability Champion Training

    Initial Champion Training is a 3 hour session with a short break in the middle. Champion Training can be delivered by Health Board Professionals.

    Debbie Shawe, Paul Ridd Foundation Charity Projects Manager will help deliver training if we have availability. Debbie is a qualified teacher and adult tutor and  has a vast experience of teaching and training all ages. To support LD Champion training we have put together a  collection of resources. We are happy to email these to anyone who would like to deliver a Learning Disability Champion project in their area.

    Resources include:

    • A Recruitment Poster – to print off and display or to email to colleagues.  It is really important to share your training date with as many people as possible in order to get as many Champions as possible. A key person needs to be responsible for co-ordinating this and to collate names. For most success you need to allow at least a month to publicise your event. We are happy to share it on our Facebook page to help promote your training.
    • Learning Disability Champion training programme in Power Point format. This is designed to be the initial training session for new Champions. We advise interim bi-annual follow up training sessions where guest speakers can be invited to share their knowledge and experiences.
    • Editable Certificates for you to print off to give to your Champions.
    • Champion Packs – we are happy to supply these around Wales but as we are a very small self funded charity if you are able to organise a small fundraising event in your area to fundraise towards that would really help us to keep this sustainable.
    • Pledge Cards – for you to print off and give to Champions at the end of their training.
    • Posters for trained Champions to display in their ward or department
    • Downloadable Information sheets on:

                 – The LD Care Bundle

                 –  The Paul Ridd Logo

                 –  Champion Information Boards

    • Downloadable Tools to help deliver the Care Bundle
    1. General Hospital Care Bundle & Monitoring Form
    2.  How to Guide
    3.  Traffic Light Assessment
    4.  Flagging System
    5.  Risk Assessment
    6.  Pain Assessment Tools      – ‘Show Me Where’
    7.      – Dis DAT (Disability Distress Assessment Tool)
    8.      – Adapted Abbey Pain Tool
    9.  Screening Tool
    10.  Learning Disability Team Contact Details – these should be on each Health Board’s website.
    11.  Communication Protocol
    12.  Hospital Communication Book
    13.  Paul Ridd Foundation Logo Resource Pack

     Frequently Asked Questions 

    Who are the Learning Disability Liaision Nurses?


    Claire Jenkins – based in Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

    Morriston Hospital & Singleton Hospital posts – being advertised

    Hywel Dda

    Linda Phillips – based in Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen,

    Helen Lewis – based in Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli

    Theresa Hassel – based in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth

    Betsi Cadwaladr

    Simon Meadowcroft – Senior Acute Liaison Nurse

    Sian Lewis – based in Bangor Hospital

    Cardiff & Vale – being advertised


    Who can be a Learning Disability Champion?

    Anyone who works in a hospital can be a LD Champion. Details of Champion training can be found on each Health Board’s Intranet or by contacting the LD Liaison Nurses. The Paul Ridd Foundation also shares details of upcoming training on our Facebook page.

    What does it mean to be a Learning Disability champion?

    The role of the Learning Disability Champion is an important one. Champion support can really help the patient with learning disabilities, his carer and family to have the level of care they deserve. Lack of awareness and understanding often means people with a learning disability are among the most excluded and disadvantaged people in society.

    The role of the LD Champion is to work with the staff on their ward or department and with the hospital LD liaison nurse to provide the care the patient with learning disabilities needs.


    Patients with a learning disability will often have difficulty communicating their needs. The Health Passport (Traffic Light Assessment) the patient will have brought in with them will help staff understand the individual needs of the patient. If this hasn’t been brought in there will be one available in the Care Bundle to complete with the patient/carer. Please contact the Foundation if you need a copy. Health Passports are kept with the patients notes at the end of their bed. Please make sure you read the passport carefully.

    Look for reasonable adjustments that can be made. Talk to your Learning Disability Liaison nurse about these.

    What do we mean by Reasonable Adjustments? 

    The law says that all health services must think about people with disabilities.

    They have to ask ‘What extra things do we need to do, so people with learning disabilities can get health services as good as other people?’

    Examples of Reasonable Adjustments

    • Patients enter hospital by side doors
    • Combining treatments
    • Knowing what your patient likes
    • When referring patients to hospital involve the primary care team and/or LD liaison nurses so that hospital appointments can be combined or given at suitable times 

    Make sure that hospital staff are aware of the Learning Disability Logo packs. 




    b  LD Champion Training Session

    Morriston Hospital Training May 2018Champion Training at Morriston Hospital, Swansea

    At Morriston Hospital June 2017Learning Disability Champion Celebration Day at Morriston Hospital June 2017

    PT Hospital Champions with David BrownLearning Disability Champions at Neath Port Talbot Hospital with our Ambassador David Brown

    Champion introduces herself 2Learning Disability Champion Sofia uses signing to greet patient

    Champion wears badge


    C&V Champ Poster for Feb 13th 2019

    Recruitment Poster

    LD Champion packs

    Champion Packs

    Cover of BC Champion Booklet

    Champion Booklet from our Champion Packs

    LD Champions Pledge 

    Champion Pledge Card


    Health Passport 

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