Learning Disability Awareness and Cancer Sessions for Macmillan

Inclusion North worked with Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Macmillan on the Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme to run some learning disability awareness sessions with cancer nurses.

The aim of the sessions were to raise awareness of how best to support a person with a learning disability from when they are diagnosed with cancer and beyond.

The workshops were co-facilitated with self-advocates from the local area. They used their lived experience to share with nurses what it is like for them to attend health appointments and what helps them to have a better experience.

These sessions enabled the nurses get more of an understanding of the challenges that a person with a learning disability and their family might face.

We got everyone to think about how important communication is and how important it is to listen to the person and people that know them best.

We talked about some of the changes that are needed to help people to have a good experience and shared the different ways that they can work in a more person-centred way with people with a learning disability.