Event at Southend Hospital celebrates Learning Disability Week
16 June 2017
Healthcare staff are working together to raise awareness of learning disabilities at a special information event at Southend University Hospital during this year’s national Learning Disability Week (19-25 June).
This year's event will focus on employment and highlight the
benefits of employing people with a learning disability, as well as
providing more general information around services available to
support people with learning disabilities.
The event will take place on Tuesday 20 June in the exhibition
area of Southend University Hospital's Education Centre between
10.00am and 3.00pm.
The hospital's Learning Disabilities Team, Speech and Language
Therapy Team and Health Facilitation Nurses will each host an
information stand, along with colleagues from Essex Partnership
University NHS Foundation Trust and the community-based support
services BATIAS, Shields Parliament and Project 49.
Sarah Haines, Learning Disability Specialist Nurse at Southend
University Hospital, said: "Coming to hospital can be an
anxious time for many people but especially for those patients with
learning disabilities. We offer a range of support to ensure the
experience of coming to hospital is not so daunting.
"All are welcome to come along to our information event and meet
the teams; particularly anyone with a learning disability who is
due to come into hospital or families, carers and staff who want
more information about the services provided by us and locally in
For more information about services available for people with
learning disabilities at Southend University Hospital please visit