November started with a 5-hour journey up to North Wales for our Healthcare Roadshow and the first of the Learning Disability Wales Conferences.
We had a good time at the roadshow making great new connections and meeting old friends that we haven’t seen for a long time! Everyone who came really enjoyed the opportunity to chat to others, to share their experiences and to find out about the support that is available for people with a learning disability, their families and carers. The weather was great too so we used the opportunity to have a drive to see the Great Orme, which was amazing!
Next day, Jonathan spoke at the “Love Your Health” LDW conference . He shared Paul’s Story and shared what we have been up to over the last 6 years, since we last spoke at one of their conferences. Listening to the work of the Health Check Champions from Conwy Connect was awesome. They really are making such a difference, working alongside the liaison nurses when they carry out Champion Training within the health board.
The following week Jonathan spoke at the LDW Conference in Newport. Again, there was such a buzz in the room, we had a really great time, chatting to old friends and new! Joanna and Stacey, who we have worked with before in Cardiff University, spoke about their roles as health care support workers in Cardiff & Vale UHB supporting the liaison nurses with champion training and supporting people with a learning disability to complete their health profiles. They do such an important job!
Mid-month we spent a morning with Blaenau Gwent People First sharing our Access to Healthcare booklets which were very positively received. We also had the chance to speak with other service providers and to share our booklets with them too. If you haven’t seen our booklets yet, you can follow the link https://paulriddfoundation.org/access-to-healthcare-booklets/ and download your preferred version, English, Welsh or Easy Read.
At the end of the month we had a catch up meeting with Welsh Government and Improvement Cymru to discuss the uptake of Paul’s mandatory training and to discuss progress of the next two tiers. The majority of the health boards have now really committed to completing the training, but a few are being a bit slow, but we are doing our best to encourage them! The feedback of the training has been really positive and it is really making a difference, so that is why we urge everyone with a public facing role within the NHS to complete it as soon as possible!