To view a Health Checks and Health Action Plans Presentation click here
To view the invitation letter about the cervical screening drop in click here
To view a poster about the cervical smear workshops on Tuesday 25th February and Tuesday 10th March click here.
There is a smear test happening on Saturday 21st March 9am to 4pm. To view the poster click here
Circulated on behalf of Mikaela Paterson
We are working on a funding bid for a project that will match people with a learning disability to a like-minded volunteer who would go out with them, usually in the evenings and weekends, to their sort of gig (whether that’s music, sports or other cultural event). It works well in other areas and is called Gig Buddies.
We need to find out from people with learning disability, their carers and professionals who work closely with people with learning disabilities if they think that this project is needed in Leicester and Leicestershire.
With that in mind, would you mind completing the really short questionnaire to help us with our bid?
Do not press ‘OK’ after each question. Answer the questions then press submit at the end.
Just click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YNPTSCR
VALUES Manager | VALUES
Voluntary Action LeicesterShire | Helping people change their lives for the better
Tell us what you think of how Leicestershire County Council wants to spend its money in 2020-2024.
Please click here to view the Easy Read Budget Consultation.
We need your answers by 19th January 2020.
The Round the World Challenge is coming to your area.
The Round the World Challenge launch is a free sports session for people with learning disabilities with coaching from Leicester Tigers and Leicester City Football Club.
The free launch day is on Wednesday 29th January 2020 1pm-4pm at Aylestone Leisure Centre.
Come and find out how to get involved in the Round the World Challenge.
The poster also has details of a weekly sports session that will run from the 5th of February.
Click here to view the poster.
On Saturday the 21st of March we plan to run an open clinic for women with learning disabilities at Leicester General Hospital to have a cervical smear. We are running this project in conjunction with the colposcopy service. We are looking at different ways to increase the uptake of screening. This approach has recently seen a high level of success for women in the general population.
- We plan to meet with the ladies in January to provide an education and awareness session, this will be the start of helping the women to make an informed decision and understand the process and the risks of cervical cancer
- We will meet with them again in February to show them around the room and equipment at the Leicester General and to meet the team who will be doing the smear. We plan to run the clinic on a Saturday so that we can have exclusive use of the department and a suite of rooms and staff. We plan to make it a friendly relaxed environment where the women will be supported by ourselves and their carers and where they will also have peer support from the women they will have previously met at the January session
- We will also be available for 1:1 conversations and to answer any queries and questions leading up to the 21st of March to help the women and their carers continue the education and awareness
Do you know or support anyone with a learning disability who you think might be appropriate for this supported cervical screening project. Ideally the person needs to be thought to have capacity to consent, although this will be explored in the sessions we do with the women to help consent women on the 21st. They can be women who have never had a smear and think they might like to try or for women who have previously had one but not returned to general practice for any subsequent smears. Please let us know by no later than the last week of January in order for us to make contact and start the ball rolling. We will need to check with the persons GP as soon as their name is put forward that they are eligible/within the time frame for needing a smear
Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Nurse
Please note I work Tuesday -Friday
Adult Learning Disability and Mental Health Directorate
Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Units 2 & 3
Bridge Park Road
674 Melton Road
Please feel free to have you say. To view the questionnaire please click here.
Winter’s the time when illnesses such as sore throats, colds, coughs and stomach bugs become more common. If you’re generally quite healthy, you can usually treat these illnesses at home with rest and over the counter medications.
During Self-Care Week (18 – 24 November), the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are sharing a series of animations that give basic advice for treating common ailments, together with more detailed advice online.
Self-care is not the same as no-care, and the local resources and website offer simple practical steps to help you feel better and recover as soon as possible. You can also get advice on how long you can expect to feel ill for and when you should seek medical attention.
You can also view and download a locally produced booklet – the Good Health Guide – with comprehensive self-care advice plus information on the NHS services that help prevent ill health, such as immunisations, and services that can detect early signs of illness. These include NHS Health Checks and screening programmes for certain types of cancer, which can help to find them at an early stage, when they are easier to treat.
Lookout for the hashtag #SelfCareWeek on Twitter and Facebook this week. The Good Health Guide can be downloaded from your local NHS Self-Care website.
To view the communications toolkit click here.
On the 27th September 2019 we held a Learning Disability Partnership Board Training Event.
To view a highlight video of this event click here
There is a Learning Disability Today London 2019 Exhibition and Learning day on the 28th November 2019.
To find out more information about this event please click here for full details.
New easy read information
We have recently been making easy read documents that would be interesting to many people with learning disabilities. Please help to make these more widely known by passing this email on to colleagues who work with people who have difficulty in reading.
Please share this with other people who you think may be interested in this work. If you are a young person and want to complete the questionnaire but need some support to do it, ask someone you know to help you.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is now law
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has now been given the Royal Assent. We made an easy read version of the Bill to help people with learning disabilities to understand more about this important law. Click here to download the easy read version of the bill.
The BBC is looking for young musicians
The BBC is looking for young people to apply to be ‘Young Musician 2020’. This is a great opportunity for young people. The BBC is keen to get applications from young disabled musicians. We created this easy read application pack for them. Click here to download it.
What folk said about giving people the right to have an integrated personal budget
The NHS has been looking at whether people should be given the right to have a personal health budget or an integrated personal budget which would cover both health and social care needs. There was a consultation document earlier this year. Recently they wrote a report to tell us what people said in the consultation. We made an easy read version of this report for them. Click here to download it.