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Trust scoops key award in recognition of commitment to supporting disabled people

12 October 2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s investment in the development of inclusive services for disabled people has been recognised at the Kensington and Chelsea Access Awards 2016, which aim to celebrate the most accessible venues and services in the Borough.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s investment in the development of inclusive services for disabled people has been recognised at the Kensington and Chelsea Access Awards 2016, which aim to celebrate the most accessible venues and services in the Borough.

The hospital was voted the most accessible service in the Medical category by Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea, an organisation run and controlled by local disabled people which supports disabled people to live independently and campaigns for an inclusive society.

Over the past year the hospital has illustrated its commitment to supporting disabled people through the development of the only Changing Places accredited facility in an acute hospital, the development of a Hospital Passport flagging system for learning disability patients and in the implementation of a training programme which has already educated 1,700 staff on how to care for people with a learning disability, when to make reasonable adjustments to suit their care needs and how best to engage and communicate.

Kathryn Mangold, Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities and transition, said: “We are thrilled that our commitment to patients with a disability and their families has been recognised in this way, particularly as Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea is an organisation that is run by local disabled people.

“We will continue to do all we can to make sure that the care and experience we provide to all local people meets their unique needs.”