Well here we are at the launch of Sensory Loss Awareness month. A series of events are to take place throughout the month of December with the aim of raising awareness amongst Health Board staff around issues relating to Sensory loss. It aims to increase understanding of the communication and information needs of people with Sensory loss amongst the NHS Wales Workforce and to remind patients of their rights to accessible communication and information when they need healthcare. The day was well represented by Health Boards and Third Sector organisations.
The launch took place on Thursday 10th December at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
Ann Murphy, with 26 years loyal service behind her is our longest serving members of staff and represented Wales Council for Deaf People on the day by manning our information stand for us.
Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood, Executive Director of Quality, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Public Health Wales opened the event.
Vaughan Gething, AM, the Deputy Minister for Health gave a talk emphasising the need for equality for people with Sensory Loss when accessing the health service stating that Third Sector Partners and the Welsh Government must do all that they can to achieve this ensuring the Standards for Best Practice are implemented.
Martin Griffiths from Action on Hearing Loss, Michelle Fowler from the BDA and Marilyn Campbell from the RNIB highlighted the needs of patients with sensory loss and the experiences they had received when attending Doctors and Hospital Appointments.
As should be with all awareness raising campaigns its success will ultimately be measured by “change” and the Council will be looking closely at this over the coming months. The day itself was successful though and we will look keep you posted on the effect of the campaign. To help us with this the Council would be very interested to hear of any experiences, both good and bad which you have had. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.