East Anglia

 EAST OF ENGLAND A2A LEARNING DISABILITIES LIAISON NURSE/ DISABILITIES ADVISOR NETWORK 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

MEMBERSHIP

The Eastern Region A2A Group is open to Learning Disability Acute Hospital Care Professionals and membership is free.

PURPOSE/AIMS

To provide regional networking and sharing of good practice amongst professionals who have a role in supporting people with learning disabilities to access healthcare services in general hospital settings. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing local county support networks within the field of learning disability acute nursing.
  • Promoting the sharing and development of expertise and innovations in the care of people with learning disabilities and/or autism (PWLD/A) in acute hospitals.
  • Encouraging inter-professional activity and perspectives.
  • Assisting all those involved in delivering healthcare to PWLD/A in the East of England to:
    • Share their practice and experiences
    • Access information
    • Network with each other
    • Engage in dialogue on current issues
    • Disseminate sound practice and research
    • Undertaking specific project work
    • Driving forward innovative and creative ways of implementing national and regional recommendations.

PRINICPLES

  • All people with a learning disability have an equal right to healthcare.
  • All healthcare professionals have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to the treatment they provide to people with a learning disability.
  • All healthcare professionals should provide a high standard of care and treatment and value the lives of people with a learning disability 

NETWORK PRIORITIES

  • Peer Supervision  – Have appropriate peer supervision within a safe forum for complex cases
  • Hospital passports – sharing good practice
  • Mental Capacity Act – ensure understanding by health professionals and that it is applied at the right time/s.
  • Training – sharing materials and approaches to learning disability awareness training and resources.
  • Sharing of information and practical support provided to families and carers.
  • Support the respect and involvement of families and carers, ensuring they are listened to and their expertise acknowledged.
  • Promote the use of accessible information and forms of communication. Share best practice examples.
  • Promote sign up of general hospitals to the MENCAP “Getting It Right” Charter. Support local accountability to monitor its implementation.

WORKING ARRANGEMENTS

  • The group will routinely meet on a tri-monthly basis but ad hoc meetings will take place as necessary to address identified priorities and specific issues.
  • Agenda papers will be sent to members at least one week before the meeting.
  • Chair and Minute taker will be a nominated and where necessary voted upon, both positions will run for two years, and after re nomination can carry on if uncontested.

Author A2A East and Midlands