People from seldom heard groups face barriers to accessing good health and social care, which at a time fails to meet their needs. Challenges can include a lack of awareness and cultural understanding across health and social care settings. This problem has become more acute as public service budgets have been cut.
Through our diverse membership, the NDAA is well placed to improve this situation by harnessing the resources and ideas of our members and of other organisations operating across health and social care.
What we did
In June 2017 the NDAA hosted a series of evidence gathering roundtables with leading stakeholders involved in delivering care and support of seldom heard groups. The roundtables covered dementia and learning disabilities, dementia within prison settings and within the LGBT+ community.
Following these roundtables, a set of recommendations and actions were developed along with a pledge that asks everyone to sign to demonstrate their commitment to this cause. The campaign was then launched in September 2017 at the NDAA Quarterly Meeting held at the Royal College of Nursing, London.