Praise for help guide

Gwen Illingworth, Karen ORourke and Barbara Charlton of NTW with Skills for People Newcastle quality checker Anthony Fothergill.
Gwen Illingworth, Karen ORourke and Barbara Charlton of NTW with Skills for People Newcastle quality checker Anthony Fothergill.

A health organisation’s self-help guide about domestic violence and abuse for people with learning disabilities has received national praise.

The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) booklet was recently highly commended in the British Medical Association Patient Information Awards 2016 Easy Read category.

The guide, titled Domestic Violence and Abuse – Easy Read Information, was specially designed by clinicians and people with learning disabilities themselves to be easily understood.

Using simple language and pictures, it offers advice on how to recognise if you are a victim and who can help.

NTW provides mental health and disability services. Its Patient Information Centre manager, Karen O’Rourke, said: “We are so pleased that this booklet has been recognised as something that can really help people with learning disabilities understand some of the complex issues surrounding domestic violence and abuse.”

The document was adapted from a self-help guide written by Dr Lesley Maunder and Dr Lorna Cameron, consultant clinical psychologists who have experience working in this field.

It was adapted by voluntary organisation Skills for People Newcastle, then further adapted by NTW’s Easy Read Health Information Group.

Judges praised the booklet, one of a series of 23 self-help guides, for being ‘a good easy-read adaptation of what is a much wordier booklet in this self-help series’.