Do you have have a Learning disability?
We hope that you find the information on our website clear and easy to read. This page gives you the important information you will need when you come to hospital.
There are videos for you to watch, which give you more information about your hospital visit as well as other information that you can download and print off.
Learning disabilities - Broomfield Hospital
The Accessible Information Standards was fully implemented on the 31st July 2016 across the NHS and adult social care systems. A key aim of the new framework is to ensure that all those people using health and social care services have their needs met.
Implementation of the Standard is expected to benefit everyone with information and/or communication needs relating to a disability or sensory loss, including people who have a learning disability, a sensory impairment, aphasia, autism or a mental health condition which affects their ability to communicate.
The Accessible Information Standard will begin to address the current disparity in the care received by disabled people. It will ensure that information is provided to all service users and patients and delivered in a way they can understand.
There are two important pieces of NATIONAL legislation that are important to making information accessible.
The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
The MCA refers to Professionals taking all 'practicable steps' to make information easier.
Mental Capacity Act 2005 [pdf] 2MB
The Equality Act (2010)
This law bans unfair treatment and gives a directive to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that a person is not placed at a substantial disadvantage because of their disability.
Equality Act 2010 [pdf] 727KB
Making Information Accessible
There are many written documents available about making accessible information. This page offers just a few that can be downloaded and used as a guide. Please click below to download more information.
NHS England: Accessible Information Standards
Accessible Information Standards [pdf] 549KB
Change Guide: How to Make Information Accessible
How to Make Information Accessible [pdf] 4MB
DOH: Basic guidelines for people who commission Easy Read information
Basic guidelines for people who commission Easy Read information [pdf] 260KB
DOH: Making Written Information Easier to Understand
Making Written Information Easier to Understand [pdf] 746KB
MENCAP: Am I making Myself Clear
Am I making Myself Clear [pdf] 948KB
Widget Guide to Symbols
Widget Guide to Symbols [pdf] 1MB
Ready to Use
In this section you will find accessible information resources that have been produced by Sandie - the hospital Liaison Nurse Specialist. There are also, some easy read leaflets included that have been produced by others.
All of the resources are available for you to download and use.
Many of the easy read resources have been agreed by people with learning disabilities. The patient review groups have looked at the symbols and signs used, as well as the language, to ensure it was clear and easy for them to understand.
It is anticipated that these resources will be added to and updated over time, in line with patient demands.
Please click below to download more information. (These sections are under construction)
General Information >>
Physical Health >>
Mental Health >>
Childrens Section >>
Please click below to download more information.
For Patients with learning disabilities:
For Patients who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Pohwer Essex NHS advocacy service can be contacted by email, fax, text, skype, phone, minicom and post:
Self-help toolkit available (if you want to do it yourself, but they will support you if you want their help)
People who are deafblind
For people with hearing loss
For people with learning disabilities
For people with autism
For people with mental health
Mental Health Act (MH)
Please click below to download more information.
Learning disabilities - Southend Hospital
We hope that our whole website is clear and understandable. This page gives you the important information you need when you come to hospital.
COVID-19: Click below to access the COVID-19 Learning Disability Hospital Summary
This page contains information that you might find useful if you are coming in to hospital. There are four videos for you to watch - one about coming to outpatients, one about coming to A&E, one about giving your consent and one about what happens when you go into hospital.
You can click below to open an easy read COVID vaccination leaflet which you can download.
You can click here to open a blank copy of a hospital passport which you can download and fill in.
You can click here to open a blank copy of a health action plan which you can download and fill in.
You can click here to read our patient charter. This is what we will do to support people with learning disabilities at our hospital.
Here are some important information about sepsis. Click here to watch a video about sepsis.
Find out more about sepsis. You can watch this video or click below to download our sepsis leaflet.
Here is our video about what happens when you go into hospital
Here is our video about giving your consent
Here is our video about coming to the A&E department
Here is our video about your visit to hospital
Please call 07795 018923 to talk to the Specialist Nurse for Learning Disability at the hospital.
We are a large hospital in Southend on Sea. Our address is:
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Westcliff on Sea
If you want to send us an email, our email address is: Safeguarding.Adults@southend.nhs.uk
Our telephone number is 01702 435555.
When you call our receptionists will answer the phone.
They will help you to speak to the person or department you need.
We treat lots of patients every year as inpatients and outpatients.
Inpatients stay on our wards and we have over 800 beds for them.
Outpatients come and see our doctors or nurses for a short appointment in clinics.
If you are coming to our hospital as an outpatient you will have a letter from us.
Click below for a leaflet which will help you understand the letter.
The easyhealth website has lots of health information that is easy to understand. Click here to visit the easyhealth website.
There are lots of people at the hospital who can help you.
We have an easy read leaflet on some of the people who can help you at the hospital. Click below to read this leaflet.
If you are unhappy with anything that happened during your visit to the hospital, we want you to tell us.
We want to hear your views.
Click below to read a leaflet that will tell you how to make a complaint.
At our hospital we want all of our patients to get the best care.
The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme
The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme is now live across Essex. The LeDeR is a national NHS-funded programme.
As part of the LeDeR, we want to improve the quality of health and social care for people with learning disabilities.
We are doing this by supporting local reviews of deaths of people with learning disabilities in Essex.
There is a LeDeR section you can find at http://castlepointandrochfordccg.nhs.uk/your-services/essex-transforming-care-partnership/leder-programme
The LeDeR website contains more information about the LeDeR in Essex and how to contact the programme. Anyone can contact them.
Easy read leaflets
This section is under construction.