New videos to help autistic people in Milton Keynes understand health and social care appointments

Launch held ahead of Autism Awareness Week
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An new innovative series of videos has been launched to help break down barriers for autistic people accessing healthcare.

The videos, on type 2 diabetes, breast screening and weight management were premiered at a launch event in Flitwick today. (27/3)

They will be followed by further films in the series, to be shown during Autism Awareness Week (April 2-8 ) and include guides to blood tests and other healthcare screenings.

Video guides will break down barriers for autistic people accessing health and careVideo guides will break down barriers for autistic people accessing health and care
Video guides will break down barriers for autistic people accessing health and care

Autistic people were identified as a key group in the Denny Review, a pioneering report on health inequalities, led by the Rev Lloyd Denny, a faith and community leader from Luton, published in September last year.

The report, featuring the views of 2,000 residents, outlined how some people face worse health outcomes than others, because they don’t understand how health and care services work, or what will happen during routine appointments.

Using insights from interviews undertaken by local Healthwatch organisations and grassroots organisations in the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector, a series of explainer videos were developed to break down the barriers to good health for autistic people and other learning disabilities.

Felicity Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, said: “I congratulate Autism Bedfordshire for leading the way in responding to the recommendations outlined in the Denny Review and producing a series of videos which will really break down barriers for people accessing health and care.”

“We know that people living with autism often need information presented in a different way and so it’s essential that we make it as easy as possible for everyone to access tests and screening which will help people access the help and care they need to lead long and healthy lives.”

“We are determined to put into action the recommendations which were made by Rev Lloyd Denny, and this is a positive step in the right direction.”

Emma Reade, Chief Executive officer of Autism Bedfordshire, said: “We’ve been privileged to support autistic adults, as well as with their families, carers and friends, to produce films which meet their needs. Something like a blood test or a screening appointment can be a very daunting experience, so our guides will show people what to expect.

“This way of working – which is called co-production – is essential in a project like this, because it ensures that autistic people are always at the very centre of what we do and in control of their own healthcare experiences.”

A member from Autism Bedfordshire added: “I lost faith in the health service and didn’t consider well women screenings to be essential. Being part of this project has given me increased confidence to access health services again. I am now more likely to go, I feel more prepared, I am very clear at telling people I am autistic.”

The videos have been created and produced by Autism Bedfordshire and funded by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board.

Click here to view the videos.