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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Hospital passport

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NICE Guideline NG96 - Care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities

A hospital passport is designed to give hospital staff useful information that is not limited to illness and health. For example, it could include details about what the person likes and dislikes in terms of physical contact or food and drink. The idea is to help hospital staff understand how to make the person feel comfortable.

Definition (in a digital/TEC context)
Digital Social Care (

Although many of these are still in paper form, some are now digital and include tools to facilitate the use of multimedia to help people with complex needs e.g. learning disabilities, dementia, etc. to highlight their�About Me�information.

Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

A way of helping someone with communication difficulties or learning disabilities communicate what they need when they are in hospital. It is a document that provides information for hospital staff about the person, including their likes and dislikes, interests, and other things. Many hospitals have their own version for you to fill in if you have a hospital stay coming up.

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