A course teaching medical students how to interact with deaf patients has returned.
The University of Liverpool GP Society has organised sign language classes to be taught by Nicola McCabe, the owner of Talking Hands Academy, which offers signing and deaf awareness sessions across Merseyside. The course kicked off its first week for the third year running last Wednesday and will be held on every Wednesday for five weeks. The aim of the course is to improve communication skills and to kickstart trainee doctors into thinking about deaf patients and how they can support them.
Ms McCabe told JMU Journalism: “I think everyone should be able to communicate with each other, that includes deaf people as well. Deaf people are often left out due to communication. It’s things like when you go for an appointment and your name has been called behind a wall, or even a door sometimes – very simple basic things. It’s all about planting a seed in trainee doctors minds.