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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Deaf Staff break boundaries for mental health services

Deaf Staff break boundaries for mental health services

 

On 31 January, two inspiring Trust Deaf staff members will take part in an exhibition and presentation at the Royal College of Nursing which is being run by Healthy Deaf Minds.

 

 

 

The talk, titled ‘Deaf Professionals in Healthcare’, will feature Deaf Trust staff members Community Nurse Jackie Wan and Deaf Advisor Herbert Klein, who will discuss their professional experiences working in the mental health sector.

Deaf Community Nurse Jackie Wan was also featured in the Royal College of Nursing’s article about Deaf Nurses:


“The health of Deaf people is generally quite poor for any number of reasons but communication can be one of the main factors,” says Jackie. “Having health care staff they can properly communicate with, either directly or through an interpreter, is vital. Especially when dealing with mental illness.”

“As a qualified nurse, I could have worked with hearing people as well but my passion is really in supporting the Deaf community. I recognise their challenges and struggles and felt strongly that I wanted to work supporting them,” Jackie says.

In 2016, Jackie won the Best Deaf Role Model award for her work supporting Deaf people and being a leading example of what Deaf people can achieve.

You can read the full RCN article here and find out more information about the event here.

Our Trust National deaf services provides a range of comprehensive mental health services for deaf adults, children and their families – you can find out more information about our specialist services here.