Health & Care Passports and Flagging

The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network is working with partners across a range of initiatives in relation to health and care passports and flagging.

Health & Care (Hospital) Passports

Every Acute Trust in our region offers a paper Health and Care (Hospital) Passport to people with a learning disability. In 2022 the network is working with stakeholders across the region to develop a digital hospital passport.

In June 2022 we launched the updated version of the paper Health & Care Passport (previously called the hospital passport) which can be found below. This has been co-produced for use in multiple health and care settings. The new Learning Disability Health & Care Passport can be completed by the person or by somebody who knows them well. It gives the person an opportunity to communicate the things that are important to them to help them get good care. This can then be shared with health and care staff to help them give better care to the person with learning disability. The passport is an editable PDF that can be completed electronically or printed and completed as a paper version.

What to do when you are coming in to hospital?

Alongside the relaunch of the Health & Care Passport we have co-developed the ‘what to do when you are coming in to hospital?’ pack. The easy read pack supports people with a learning disability, their families and or carers with practical information to support them when they are coming to hospital. The pack can be downloaded below.

Flagging

The network is continuously working with stakeholders across the region to improve flagging of learning disability status and subsequent reasonable adjustments in acute hospitals so clinicians are aware a person has a learning disability and appropriate reasonable adjustments can be put in place in a timely manner. In regards to our 2022 Secondary Care programme of work we are:

  • Supporting Acute Trusts in the roll out the national Reasonable Adjustment Flag
  • Supporting Acute Trusts to work with local partners to ensure people with a learning disability in their localities are flagged
  • Supporting Acute Trusts to be aware of flagging people with a learning disability and the benefits it brings
  • Continue to promote the Summary Care Record with Additional Information
  • Digital Health & Care passport