An inspirational man who has dedicated his time to representing the interests of patients with learning disabilities has been honoured for his achievements.
Edward Stanton (73) from Glasgow was today awarded with a prestigious NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman’s Award in the category of Patient Ambassador.
Edward was presented with his much deserved award by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil at a special ceremony in Glasgow.
In 2011 Edward, who, is a wheelchair user, had a negative experience when admitted to hospital and felt that he was not always treated as an individual.
Following this experience and despite his own ongoing health issues Edward turned his own negative experience into a positive one by sharing his feedback with the NHS to highlight and reinforce the importance of delivering care tailored to the needs of the individual.
Since then Edward, who is Chair of People First Glasgow, has been working closely with senior clinicians across NHSGGC to improve time spent in hospital for people with a learning disability.
NHSGGC Health Improvement Specialist, Nicola Robinson and Linda Allan, Consultant Nurse for Learning Disability have worked closely with Edward since he became involved in health services. Nicola nominated Edward for the award. She said: “Edward, despite significant comorbities and disability issues, touches the hearts and minds of everyone in NHSGGC he has worked with.”
Edward regularly attends clinical governance and heads of nursing meetings advising on communication and accessibility issues faced by people with a learning disability.
He contributes to staff training by talking about his own experience as an inpatient with the aim of improving good practice for staff when treating this group of patients.
This has led to the production of training DVD and training packages with partners the Scottish Consortium for Learning Difficulties (SCLD), People First Advocacy and Glasgow Caledonian University.
NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “Thanks to Edward’s far reaching contribution our inpatient services for patients with learning disabilities have definitely benefitted. The learning and education resources that Edward has been a part of are being shared widely with our staff so that they are fully aware of the needs of patients with learning disability.”
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Pic: Edward Stanton