We have had such a busy April from start to finish!
Friday April 1st saw the launch of the Paul Ridd Learning Disability Awareness Training as the mandatory training went live across the NHS in Wales. ITV Wales came to the office to interview Jonathan as it was such a momentous day for us after years of campaigning for equality of healthcare for people with a learning disability. (You can watch the interview on our Facebook page). We will monitor closely the feedback and uptake of the training and in 12 months time we shall revisit with Welsh Government, our call to make this face to face training, rather than online, as this is what we had originally campaigned for.
Mid-month we had a volunteer join us for a day to help create 100 ward logo packs that had been requested by Cwm Taf Health Board. We are most grateful to Cwm Taf for funding these packs, because as a small charity, we receive no money from the NHS or Welsh Government for our work, so every penny helps! The logo packs provide resources for the wards to highlight that a patient has a learning disability so that they can receive the care and support that they deserve.
On Tuesday 26th April we shared Paul’s Story with over 100 nursing students at Cardiff University, alongside 2 liaison nurses, Nesta Narbad and Rhiannon Smith from Cardiff & Vale Health Board. They had arranged a full day’s training on learning disability awareness, so we were delighted to be invited along, especially as it was the first time we had spoken at Cardiff University! We were also thrilled to be asked to come back in the Autumn to speak to the next cohort of students. We have already received some wonderful feedback including from one student who said that knowing Paul’s Story will have an impact on her future practice.