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Learning Disability Week 2018

18 June 2018


In Learning Disability Week, from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 June, there will be a number of different activities at our hospital culminating in a special day on Saturday 23 June which is open to all.

On Monday 18 June activity boxes were distributed to Wards to support patients with learning disabilities.


Rebecca Crossley with some of the activity boxes

Several companies have kindly provided items for the boxes – including Tiger Norwich; Little Boutique, Wymondham; Elysium Beauty, Gorleston; Beauty Matters, Gorleston; Waitrose, Eaton; Marks and Spencer food hall, Longwater, Norwich; Puffs Toys, Wymondham; The Entertainer, Norwich; Blofield Farm Shop and Dominos, Gorleston – and the project has also been supported by individuals who have donated items too.  Thank you to all those who have helped.

On Tuesday there were opportunities for more of our staff to learn some basic sign language to assist with communication with patients, the Musical Keys group visited Ward 1, our Stroke Ward, and the University of East Anglia were in the hospital to promote Learning Disability nursing.

Ldweek2 The UEA team promote Learning Disability Nursing. 


Musical Keys are a Norwich based charity who use music, movement and arts based activities to enable participants to learn, build confidence and improve motor skills and coordination through enjoyable and interactive sessions.

On Wednesday there will be a learning disability takeover day with Lowestoft-based Involve Active visiting the hospital. Involve Active provide activities and enagement sessions to develop skills for independent living and improve social opportunities for young people and adults with additional needs.

On Thursday there will a cake sale in the front foyer of the hospital during the morning, while on Friday the hospital will be supporting the Twitter frenzy #IsupportedLDWeek.

The main event of the week is being held at the Burrage Centre, on the James Paget site, on Saturday 23 June from 10am to 5pm. The Learning Disability Information Day is open to members of the public, particularly those with learning disabilities and their families, and staff at the hospital. The theme of the day will be information sharing and celebration, raising awareness of the services available locally and getting together to share experiences.

Throughout the week we will be looking at case studies. The James Paget is one of a small number of hospitals offering both consultant and pre-op home visits to patients with learning disabilities. This can help prepare individuals for what they will see when they arrive at hospital and in some cases means they can be anaethetised at home before surgery.

It’s all about making appropriate adjustments for patients as Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Rebecca Crossley explains.

“The whole team at the James Paget are working to make access to our hospital easier for patients with learning disabilities, so this means taking into account each individual’s requirements. From mandatory training for all staff at induction through to carrying out home visits for those who may find the hospital environment challenging, we aim to provide the best possible care for patients. Things such as showing photographs of areas of the hospital and the signs and people they may see, and working with individuals and their families or carers as appropriate, can make a necessary visit to the hospital easier.”

The Learning Disability Information Day will see a variety of displays about the services provided within the Trust and will also include Rebecca Morris Dancing with her group, which includes some members with learning disabilities.