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April's Hospital Heroes - learning disabilities information group

02 May 2014

Hospital Heroes

April's Hospital Heroes are the learning disabilities information group.

The group have collectively demonstrated our values by working beyond their roles to facilitate an idea which came from our service users.

This was to produce a film to help communicate to those with learning disabilities what happens during an outpatients appointment.

They took collective responsibility for bringing the idea to life, ensured throughout the process that the views of all involved were listened to, and strove to make a real difference to the experiences of a particularly vulnerable group of our patients.

The team worked alongside their day jobs to organise funding for the film, scripting it in consultation with the service users and helping them to be part of the filming, and even for two of the team appearing in it themselves.

The end result has been much applauded and led to a reception hosted by Lord Brian Rix, who's charitable foundation provided the funding, where the film was premiered to an invited audience including MPs and dignitaries as well as the service users themselves who had the original idea.

As a result of their efforts the Trust received excellent publicity for the film which can be viewed on our learning disabilities page  and plans are now in place to film a sequel looking at a visit to A&E.