Implementing reasonable adjustments for disabled people in healthcare services

Pauline Heslop, Sue Turner, Stuart Read, Julie Tucker, Steve Seaton, Brian Evans

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Abstract

Disabled people are one of the groups in society with the greatest health needs, yet they experience some of the most significant barriers to accessing healthcare services. This article describes examples of how three healthcare services have met the Equality Act 2010 duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, so that they are not disadvantaged in accessing these services. Each of these services identified disabled patients, and considered and recorded the specific reasonable adjustments that were required. In doing so, they took time to fully understand the needs of the individual from their perspective. The services collaborated and coordinated the provision of reasonably adjusted care by communicating effectively with other health and social care providers, working together as a team, and treating disabled people as individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Standard
Volume34
Issue number8
Early online date11 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • accessible information
  • reasonable adjustments
  • public health
  • learning disability
  • inclusion
  • health inequalities
  • equality
  • diversity
  • disability

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