Monday, 20 February 2017
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is proud to have been the first mental health service to be awarded and sign the British Deaf Association’s British Sign Language (BSL) Charter.
On Monday, 13 February over 60 people attended the event at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, including deaf service users, staff, carers and British Deaf Association Chair Terry Riley.
Chief Executive David Bradley said:
“We are proud to be the first national deaf mental health service to sign up to the charter. It’s an important moment to recognise our achievements in deaf mental health services and continue to ensure that this specialist service is available for the deaf community.
“As a Trust we remain committed to employing deaf service users, involving carer’s and respecting and promoting deaf culture and language.”
BDA Chair Terry Riley said: “The British Deaf Association has recognised all the impressive work that the Trust has done for deaf mental health services and they will be a model of excellence for other hospitals to follow.”
The event highlighted the tremendous work of the deaf mental health services at the Trust in particular the Development of the Deaf Recovery Tool, which was presented by one of the Deaf service users which highlighted how visual communication methods and appropriate language are vital in both the assessment and therapeutic provisions for deaf service users, and staff, in this unique service environment.
The Trust has provided specialist deaf mental health services at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust for over 40 years.