HEALTH bosses have launched a new initiative to help deaf patients with mental health conditions.
Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) has developed the All About Me package which aims to allow patients to take control of the care they receive.
It is already in place elsewhere and won a gold award at the National Service User Awards 2016 for patient involvement.
Rebecca Walls, who is based at RDaSH and is a community psychiatric nurse for deaf people in South Yorkshire, said: “This new recovery package is valuable. All About Me brings a focus on the importance of the person's individual communication needs and identity as a deaf person.
“It enables an increased understanding of the needs of deaf service users. It also empowers them and helps them to take control of their care and their recovery goals.
“It makes them more a part of the decision making process, rather than feeling that they are outside it.”