This update is coming out a little early as I am on annual leave from today and I didn’t want you to miss out on our news from this month!
We are always delighted to hear the great work that is being carried out by the liaison nurses within the health boards in Wales. Each team is different as the healthcare settings are so varied but each one is doing an exceptional job supporting people with a learning disability when they access healthcare. We are also thrilled when they want to share the work they are doing with us, and any new ideas they have, we really do feel part of a bigger team! We are so grateful that the role of the learning disability liaison nurse is recognised as being an essential part of our NHS in Wales. When Paul died there were 2 acute liaison nurses in Wales, and now there are 22, and on top of this there are the amazing liaison nurses working in primary care and in the community. This makes us very happy
Our roadshow in Merthyr mid-August was a great success! The venue in the football club was perfect and we had lots of guests coming along and a great time was had by all! The buzz in the room was amazing! We have had some wonderful feedback, that people found it really helpful and that they learned a lot; that health professionals made some great new contacts; that it was great to be supporting the community, and someone commented that it was a really joyful event, which has made our day! The next roadshow will be up in North Wales in November, with more information to follow and then after that in February or March, with location to be decided….so watch this space!
We have been busy booking dates for sharing Paul’s Story with nursing students across Wales in the Autumn, with four dates for September already, so it’ll be a busy month. We are grateful to the Universities for inviting us to share this essential training with students at the beginning of their professional careers.
Training people in learning disability awareness is one of the cornerstones of our work here in the Foundation. Indeed, it was one of the recommendations in the Ombudsman’s report after Paul’s death. Making training more interactive and engaging is really important to us and is something we are looking into at the moment. We had a great meeting with One Step North who create amazing training that is really interactive so we will keep you posted as to how we get on!
Wishing you a very happy bank holiday weekend!