Examples of good practice

In addition to using Equality Impact Assessments and Equality Analysis to ensure the needs of different groups are considered in decision making, planning and policy development, there are instances where the Trust has developed a response to the specific needs of a particular community . The following are examples from a growing list of such responses.

The Chandni Clinic

Launched last summer, the Chandni Clinic enables women from sometimes hard to reach communities to talk confidently about sexual health with a female doctor in their own language.

Chandni (which means “moonlight” in Urdu) saw the light of day following a survey of local Asian women which revealed that 70% had no concept of sexual health. The Clinic recently pipped a raft of national campaigns to a prestigious UK award.  More information about the Clinic is available at Dewsbury campaign wins national acclaim.

Procedure for the early release of the body of a deceased patient

This procedure is a response to the fact that in certain circumstances, relatives of the deceased may request the body to be released from the hospital as soon after death as possible. Such a request maybe in response to cultural and religious requirements, amongst other things.

The document provides guidance on the procedure that should be followed and the checks that should be made by the nurse or clinician in charge when they receive an ‘out of hours’ request to release a body into the care of a third party.

Learning Disability Champions

Staff are being trained across to the Trust to become a department based champion for learning disabled patients. The role is to promote best practice around the care and treatment of patients with learning disabilities during their time within that particular department.

Rainbow Clinic for gay/bisexual men

The Clinic runs from 4.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday evenings at the Josephine Butler Centre, King Street Health Centre (2nd floor), 47 King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SN. Further information can be obtained by telephoning 01924 542921. For more information go to: New sexual health service.

Forget-me-not scheme

The Trust’s Forget-Me-Not scheme aims to provide better services for people with dementia at its hospitals in Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury and reassure their loved ones that they are receiving the best possible care. For more information on the scheme go to:  Dementia.

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