Rotherham leads the way in inclusive healthcare for individuals with autism

Rotherham leads the way in inclusive healthcare for individuals with autism

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, in celebration of World Autism Acceptance Week, is proud to champion inclusive healthcare across the borough for individuals with autism.

Three colleagues from the learning disabilities and autism team

Through the implementation of proactive measures and innovative solutions, the Trust is breaking down barriers and setting new standards for accessibility and support in healthcare settings. 

“At the Trust we are committed to providing exceptional care to all individuals, including those with autism,” says Joanne Beahan, Medical Director at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. “Our initiatives are driven by a deep understanding of the unique needs of individuals with autism and learning from people with experience, to making healthcare experiences more accessible and comfortable for them.”  

Key initiatives include the implementation of a comprehensive flagging system within the hospital, ensuring that individuals with autism are identified from the moment they enter care. This allows for tailored support and accommodations throughout their healthcare journey. 

“We believe in taking a proactive approach to inclusive healthcare,” says Joanne. “By identifying individuals with Autism early on and making reasonable adjustments, we can provide personalised patient centred care that meets their specific needs.”  

In addition, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has introduced sensory equipment and therapy tools in emergency departments to provide additional support for individuals with autism during stressful situations. 

“Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where every individual feels understood and supported,” emphasised Jenny Turedi, Learning Disabilities and Autism Matron at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. “Through collaboration with community partners and experts by experience, we are continuously striving to improve our services and ensure that individuals with autism receive the care they deserve.”  

If you have any questions or concerns about inclusive healthcare for individuals with Autism, we encourage you to take action today. In the first instance, please speak with your GP, who can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific needs. Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about the initiatives and services offered by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Learning Disabilities and Autism team, we invite you to reach out to them directly on 01709 428371.

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