About the project

Why is this project important?

Respiratory disease is one of the biggest causes of death for people with a learning disability but many of these deaths are avoidable.  Chest infections, pneumonia and aspiration pneumonia are more common for people with learning disabilities.

More about respiratory infections

Chest infection is an infection of the lungs or large airways.

Chest infection – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Pneumonia is a type of chest infection. It affects the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs.

Pneumonia – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Aspiration pneumonia is caused by food, fluid or saliva entering the lungs

Chest infections and pneumonias can often be avoided by making sure the risk factors that are common for people with learning disabilities are well managed

Who is this project for?

The Keeping My Chest Healthy project was set up to help people with a learning disability and the people who support them. 

Meet the project team

Keeping My Chest Healthy is a BDCFT project.

The team includes people with learning disabilities and their families, carers, and people who work in daycare and respite.

You can watch our video below to see some of the many people who were involved in the making of the project resources.

There are a number of health professionals that have supported the project including:

  • Dieticians
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dental and Oral Health professionals
  • Pharmacists
Some members of the BDCFT Learning Disability Team standing in front of colourful parachute

We wanted to make sure that you have the knowledge and skills to stay well.

We wanted to make sure that when you go into hospital, respite or daycare, the people looking after you know what you need to keep your chest healthy.

The Keeping My Chest Healthy website

This website is designed to be used alongside your Keeping My Chest Healthy Care plan

This website has videos and guidance to help those who support you.  Please see how to use this site for more information.

This site uses Easy in the i images which are Copyright Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 2017. “All Images/Resources copyright © LYPFT”

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