New nurse to help people with learning disabilities in Doncaster

Specialist learning disability primary liaison nurse Jayne Thompson
Specialist learning disability primary liaison nurse Jayne Thompson
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RDaSH has appointed a special nurse to help improve the general health of people with learning disabilities in Doncaster.

Jayne Thompson has taken up her post as primary liaison nurse and will be working in the Learning Disability Health Action Team.

The role will see Jayne working closely with people with learning disabilities, their families, paid carers and professionals to provide support and advice when they access primary care services for routine GP appointments, or general health screening, and encourage them to undergo annual health checks.

Jayne said: “People with learning disabilities tend to have poorer health than the general population and may have difficulty in recognising illness, communicating their needs, or generally using health services.

“This role is all about supporting them through the process, making information easy to understand and training primary care health professionals in how to provide care in the right way for people with learning disabilities.”

Jayne will also be working closely with GPs to encourage people to undergo regular health checks, she added: “Research shows that regular health checks for people with learning disabilities often uncover health conditions, which are simple to treat, as well as detecting serious illnesses and enabling early treatment.”

She will also work with dental and optical services to provide accessible and easy read information about eye checks, eye care and dental care.

The role complements the work being done by the Trust’s acute liaison nurse, who provides similar support in Doncaster for people with learning disabilities in a hospital setting.

Contact her at jayne.thompson@rdash.nhs.uk.