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Paul Scarrott

My Life My Choice Expert

I have a learning disability. I live a fairly independent life and care for my wife who also has a learning disability. I went to special schools when I was growing up and have been on disability related benefits for most of my adult life. I have been a trustee of My Life My Choice since 2009. I led the My Life My Choice campaigns that challenged the treatment of people with learning disabilities in Winterbourne view, and the Justice for LB campaign about a young Oxford man with learning disabilities, Connor Sparrowhawk, who died a preventable death whilst being “cared” for by Southern Health at Slade House, Oxford. I have a good knowledge of best practice in health and social care settings. I am an expert by experience for the NHS care and treatment reviews, and have carried out a number of inspections since 2014. I was an expert by experience for CQC between 2008 and 2012. I have also trained Health and Social Care students at Oxford Brookes University. I am very involved in my local community. I have served on the Thames Valley Police Independent Advisory Group since 2011. I serve on focus groups for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to help improve services for people with learning disabilities. I won the Oxfordshire Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 for my work with Oxfordshire County Council in helping them to improve services through many consultations and focus groups.

Posts by Paul Scarrott:

09th September 2016

What Is It Like to Be a Blood Donor with a Learning Disability?

Paul Scarrott My Life My Choice Expert

I found out about giving blood because my cousin is a blood donation nurse. I asked her about it and...

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23rd May 2016

What makes a good dentist for somebody with a learning disability?

Paul Scarrott My Life My Choice Expert

When I moved house I registered with a new dentist. I asked if they treated people with learning disabilities. The...

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