Author: ChAD Committee

First Aid Training

ChAD members had been asking for First Aid training for some time prior to Covid.

On Tuesday it was well worth the wait with Martin from First Aid Doncaster making it a fun and interactive day for All.

It was lovely to see people from Thorne Road SMILE who joined us for the event.

We were very impressed with all the efforts from everyone involved and would like to thank SYCF (South Yorkshire Community Foundation) very much for funding us to make this event possible.

Annual Health Checks

Members of ChAD worked with the Health Action Team recently to create a video about Annual Health Checks.

They spoke about why Annual Health Checks were important and why they felt they should be the same across all practices.

The Health Action Team will be showing the videos at GP practices around the borough to raise awareness of people’s views on what would help aid consistency.  (Click on arrow to scroll through pictures)




Visits to SMILE Services

It was good to be back in the SMILE services yesterday where we visited Stirling and Cantley.

It was lovely to see people who we have not been able to see for a while during covid and have a catch up and see all their creative work with scarecrows and the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

We are looking forward to visiting other SMILE services over the next few weeks.

People’s Voices, People’s Choices

Becky Knapton from RDaSH asked ChAD if they would look through a draft Easy Read document about ‘The Use of Force’ and give feedback.

As it was several weeks to the next ChAD meeting where all members would be present 3 ChAD members gave their opinions by email and 4 people who use the service at Thorne Road SMILE very kindly gave their suggestions on what was good and what changes they would like to see.

The suggestions were fed back to Becky who has passed this onto the people involved in making the document.  She would like to thank everyone involved.

ChAD Quarterly report January 2022 to March 2022


Two ChAD committee members (with support) have continued the NHS Inpatient Self Advocacy Focus Group medium secure hospital work.

As Experts by Experience, they have been speaking with patients who have a Learning Disability who experience mental health problems,   around the importance of Advocacy and having your voice heard.

The pilot is part of a bigger project across England to understand how advocacy can best support people with a learning disability and autistic people who are patients in mental health, learning disability and autism hospitals.

There are over 30 different pilot projects happening around England which focus on particular types of advocacy .The project ChAD are involved in is investing in the peer and self-advocacy model supporting patients to speak up with knowledge of support services available on discharge.

This work is being done over a period through interactive engagement to allow trusting relationships to be built and independent findings and reports to be submitted.

Meetings are held with staff members from The NHS Improving Quality Team and Reports are submitted to the Commissioners of the service as well as hospital leads .Good practice is shared with similar groups working on this project in different areas, as well as Meetings are held with the NDTI to capture the outcomes and impact the work has had.




Other work and meetings ChAD have been involved during this time are:

  • Attendance at the Learning Disability Partnership Board Meeting
  • Attendance at the Making it Real Board Scoping Meeting – for community interaction
  • Attended the North PCN annual meeting 30.2.22
    Annual Health feedback RH (asked by RDash & Health Action Team)
  • ChAD held a workshop in one of their meetings for Rotherham Speak Up. All information was fed back for NHS England Health Inequalities Community of Practice group.
  • Commenced planning work with The Ridge Employability College on Easy Read info booklets 1.3.2
  • Big Doncaster Litter pick with Thorne Road SMILE and Mencap 3.4.22
  • ChAD members have also provided 2 video clips for Healthwatch Doncaster to feedback to the governing body
  • And as always , Speaking up on behalf of people they represent about matters that are important to them