Easy Read is an accessible format for providing information designed for people with a learning disability. The easy read format is easy to understand because it uses simple, jargon free language, shorter sentences and supporting images.
We work with North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, our local learning disability group, to create and review Easy Read communications materials for local campaigns. Our Engagement, Involvement, Communications and Patient Experience Lead regularly attend group meetings to talk about current or upcoming projects and ask the group for their help in creating supporting Easy Read information.
NHS England easy read documents
What we are doing in St Helens
The CCG are working to deliver the Learning Disability Mortality Programme (LeDeR) in St Helens to aim to make improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities in the Borough. Reviews of deaths are being carried out with a view to improve the standard and quality of care for people with learning disabilities.
In St Helens a local LeDeR Steering Group has been established to support the delivery of the programme. Further to the steering group, the CCG Engagement Lead chairs a sub group which focuses on Communications and Engagement. Attendees include St Helens CCG, Healthwatch, Local Authority, Northwest Boroughs and Carer Representatives. The purpose of this group is to review all easy read documents to ensure suitability in our local community and be able to embed a resource library for use in Primary Care. Each member is allocated a document for review and will share feedback at the sub group meeting. Once appropriate amendments are made this is shared with local learning disability groups, parents and carers to obtain further comments in relation to the format and content. The group updates the documentation based on patient feedback and will then share appropriately with multi-agency partners (to communicate throughout the Borough and to maintain consistency) and upload to the CCG website.
The CCG has also identified a clinical lead who is also a member of the CCG Governing Body to support on any clinical information contained within the documents. For more information on this group please contact:
Paul Steele, Engagement Lead