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Learning disability workers hired at Kettering hospital

A Northamptonshire hospital has recruited two people with learning disabilities in a bid to educate staff.

Kettering General Hospital has employed two project workers to help staff to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Chris Abram, from Wellingborough, and Karan Smith, from Kettering, will work at the hospital from August.

A hospital spokeswoman said it was part of a programme to enhance care for people with learning disabilities.

The aim is to make hospital visits less stressful for patients.

Mr Abram said: "I want to work with doctors and nurses so that they can learn a real respect for people with learning disabilities - so they don't think we are a bit weird and that they understand we sometimes get confused and might need more time and more of an explanation."

The pair will be working for five hours a week and will help develop a resource pack for staff training.

They will also take part in training sessions.

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