Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disability Passport Wins Nhs Award for Paul

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disability Passport Wins Nhs Award for Paul

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A YOUNG man with a rare genetic condition has received an award for his work to help other people with learning disabilities.

Paul James, 27, who has Lowe's Syndrome, pioneered a "Patient's Passport" as part of his work with the County Durham Learning Disability Parliament. The passport provides hospital staff with important information about a person with a learning disability to help them to provide a more individual approach to their care.

It is because of his work with the parliament that Paul, who lives with his parents Wendy, 63, and Arnie, 65, in Templetown, Consett, County Durham, has won official recognition.

At the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust's recent award nights, Paul was part of the team which picked up the Delivery of a First Class Service award.

They also won the Chairman's Quality Award which was chosen out of all of the award winners on the night.

A trust spokeswoman said: "The award was for work Paul has supported the trust with in developing a learning disability passport, and making our patient leaflets and corporate information more accessible. …

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