Hospital trust holds learning disability badge competition
The winners of a learning disability badge competition hosted by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have attended a prize presentation ceremony.
Health professionals presented the winners with prizes at the socially-distanced event in the gardens of Doncaster Royal Infirmary on 15 April 2021.
A special pin has been designed, which will help patients with learning disabilities identify staff members who can support them during their hospital visit or stay.
It will also help colleagues similarly recognise the newly appointed ambassadors who can advise how to better support patients that have additional needs.
Two winners were selected by a panel of judges.
Amy Price from supported living at Creative Support, and Sharon Pederson, a peer supporter at the People Focused Group (PFG), attended the presentation with their respective families as well as members of the learning disability community.
They both received an Amazon voucher and a Learning Disability Ambassador badge of their own as a ‘thank you’ from the Trust.
Simon Brown, Divisional Director of Nursing for Clinical Specialities for Clinical Specialities and Trust Learning Disability lead, said:
“We recently reached out on social media to members from the Doncaster Learning Disability Community to design this badge. We were overwhelmed by the response and the quality of the designs that we received.
“It was hard to choose between them, so we settled on a joint approach between those submitted by Amy and Sharon.
“The finished badge is eye-catching and signifies a ‘helping hand’, which is exactly what our Learning Disability Ambassadors are there for.”
The scheme is part of a three year learning disability strategy to support patients living with a learning disability, their families and their carers.