Learning Disabilities and Autism
Barnsley Hospital’s mission is to provide the best possible care for the people of Barnsley and beyond at all stages of their life.
As part of this mission, we aim to provide people with learning disabilities and autistic people with the same access to treatments and care as anyone else. We aim to work with and for people with learning disabilities, autistic people and their carers and loved ones.
The Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Nurse
The Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Nurse works across wards including the inpatient, outpatient and emergency departments. Their role is to ensure that any adult or child with a learning disability, and any adult or child who is autistic, receives additional support if required, in order to access hospital services.
Hospital passports are often used by people who have a learning disability or are autistic.
A hospital passport is a document that collates vital information on the patient, in an easily accessible format.
The use of hospital passports includes information about a person’s health needs, interests, likes, dislikes, how a person communicates and any reasonable adjustments that they might need.
More information on hospital passports can be found on Mencap’s website.
You can download the National Autistic Society's health passport template.
To request a sample of a hospital passport for people with learning disabilities, please email our Learning and Disability and Autism Liaison nurse on: email@example.com