Service for adults with a learning disability and/or autism

LD team

What can our service for adults with a learning disability and/or autism provide?

As a Trust, Mid Yorkshire aims to ensure that all patients with a learning disability and/or autism receive good quality care at the same level as all patients accessing the Trust.

The Trust can offer patient ‘flagging’ on hospital records. To discuss patient ‘flagging’ please contact us on the numbers below.

We do this by:

  • Having a dedicated service which works with patients with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and support workers, helping them to access our hospitals and providing support for them in a patient centred way.
  • Providing someone for patients and carers to contact if they have a concern or a worry about coming to hospital.
  • Making patient information more accessible.
  • We have worked with AccessAble to create detailed information for all our departments, wards and services at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals. Click here for more information.
  • Organising pre-admission visits for patients to make them feel more confident and comfortable about their visit to hospital.
  • Providing advice about the Mental Capacity act 2005, consent to treatment and facilitating ‘best interest meetings’.
  • Finding out what the hospital needs to do differently to meet patients’ needs and making agreed reasonable adjustments happen.
  • Creating patient centred care pathways to facilitate treatment.
  • Having VIP Champions (staff within our hospitals who have accepted additional responsibilities around the care and treatment of patients with learning disabilities and/or autism).
  • Provide a hospital passport which informs hospital staff the ‘need to know’ information about you.
  • Offer adjusted surgical pathways to support patients with a learning disability and/or autism when accessing the hospital for surgery. The pathways can be seen here.

    LD surgical pathways.pdf [pdf] 50KB

Where do we offer this service?

Our service is offered across all three of our hospitals (Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract).

When do we offer this service?

Someone will be available Monday to Friday, between the hours of 09:00 to 17:00.

Who should you contact? 

Richard Bunn, Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities & Autism

01924 543692 richard.bunn@midyorks.nhs.uk