With health inequalities related to disabilities remaining stark and entrenched, it’s no surprise that health outcomes for disabled people tend to be poorer through more preventable chronic and secondary conditions, avoidable hospitalisations, and higher rates of early morbidity. While awareness of these inequalities is increasing, accessing and receiving high-quality healthcare remains a challenge for many disabled people.
IMAS believes that health and social care practitioners from across a range of different disciplines play a key role in the solution! And IMAS is here to support them through education and practical participation in Mixed Ability activities!
Emphasising the social model of disability encourages healthcare practitioners to develop a person-centred approach and better equips them to involve disabled people in their own care. Experiential learning opportunities, involving a combination of theory, interactive elements and facilitated reflection have been demonstrated to be particularly effective in this.
Crucial to this dynamic is the role of IMAS trainers who are experts by experience. They co-produce and co-deliver the training, mentor students on placement and share their lived experience with health and social care practitioners. highlighting the challenges they have faced, and celebrating successes and achievements.
IMAS’ experiential learning opportunities equip healthcare practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a diverse range of patients and to take an assets-based approach to healthcare. Not only does this result in more effective treatment and support for patients, it also begins to address systemic health inequalities and contributes to a shift towards a fairer and more equitable society.
If you want to know more about our offer for student placements or training for health and social care professionals, please read the experiential learning report from our research partner Nifty and get in touch!