People with learning disabilities should be able to choose the staff who work with them. It is important that staff are chosen fairly and in a way that abides by the law. This article explains how we supported the people who use our services to help us employ an assistant psychologist.
We found that:
- People with learning disabilities and other problems, like poor mental health, can also take part in choosing staff.
- It is important to change how we do things so that it is easier for people with learning disabilities to take part.
- Together we learnt that it is important to give people with learning disabilities time, so that they can do things at their own pace.
- The staff and people with learning disabilities who participated in the interviews truly appreciated the experience.