Top NHS figure joins our campaign
Esther Kirby, Joint Executive Director of Nursing North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust & Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has signed up for Mencap's Treat Me Well campaign while attending Carlisle Mencap's AGM at the Old Town Hall. The AGM was on July 5 with the Mayor of Carlisle, Jessica Riddle, also attending. In her talk, Esther explained how people with learning disabilities, autism or both and their families and carers should be able to expect high quality care across all services provided by the NHS, and that they should receive treatment, care and support that are safe and personalised; and have the same access to services and outcomes as non-disabled patients. She admitted that there had been cases where some people with learning disabilities, autism or both has experienced difficulties when accessing NHS services and that the health service in Cumbria, and across the UK, aimed to tackle this, recvognising that skills deficits in the NHS workforce mean people’s needs are sometimes misunderstood or responded to inappropriately. She said it was vital the NHS worked together with organisations such as Carlisle Mencap because of its expertise in the field of learning disabilities to help the trust in Cumbria acheive its aims of: Respecting and protecting rights; Inclusion and engagement; Workforce training; Specialist learning disability services. Also at the AGM, as Carlisle Mencap celebrates its 50th anniversary, CEO Sheila Gregory and chair Christine Bowditch also addressed the audience with news about fundraising events plus updates on projects like the work being carried out at California House, and the fact that another £65,000 is still needed to cover the costs of the extension work currently underway at the adult respite centre.