My role as Health and Wellbeing Coach helps people who have a learning disability to set their own achievable health goals and targets. I encourage and motivate people to make healthier choices, and tailor information and plans to meet people’s needs, ability and understanding.
Within the team I work alongside two Care Co-ordinators, Lesley Winter and Mandy Mileham-Harding. Our Care Co-ordinators help people access their annual health checks supporting people to arrange and attend these appointments. We know there can be barriers that prevent people from accessing healthcare, some of which include fear and anxiety, and a lack of accessible information or reasonable adjustments.
Our Care Co-ordinators are there to support any patient registered at a practice who has a learning disability and they have hit the ground running, supporting many patients to attend their annual health checks. We always have a warm, friendly approach and have supported some extremely anxious people into the surgery to meet with their GP or nurse.