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Patient record flag can positively affect care of people with learning disabilities

 

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Patient record flag can positively affect care of people with learning disabilities

Healthcare for people with a learning disability can be improved by a new flag on patient records, a pilot scheme has shown. NHS Digital introduced the reasonable adjustment flag, which lets doctors, nurses and other health and care staff know that a patient has a disability or other impairment and has specific needs that require adjustments so they get the best care.

During Learning Disability Week (15 to 21 June), NHS Digital has published initial results from the reasonable adjustment flag pilots, which took place in Gloucestershire and Devon between June 2019 and March this year. More…