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Supporting People with Learning Disabilities in Health and Social Care

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities in Health and Social Care

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December 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This reflective and evidence-based book will equip students as well as professionals who work with people with learning disabilities in primary, secondary and specialist healthcare settings, with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with people with learning disabilities.

Chapters - written by leading academics and practitioners in the learning disabilities field - examine and discuss core issues, while a case-study approach ensures a solid grounding in practical skills. This practical element is further reinforced by the inclusion of service-user and practitioner 'voices', whose lived experiences make the book even more engaging, as well as a range of reflective exercises and regular opportunities for readers to self-audit their learning.

Reflecting the multi-professional nature of services for people with learning disabilities, this book will help practitioners and students make a real difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities who access health and social care environments.

Social Policy Tensions: Empowerment and Vulnerability
The History and Context of Learning Disability: A Parent's Perspective
Enabling People with Learning Disabilities to Be Valued Citizens
Living with a Learning Disability
Enabling Families: A Model of Helping
Building Positive Relationships with People with Learning Disabilities
Promoting Effective Communication
Health and Well-Being
Epilepsy, Pain and End-of-Life Care: Health-Care Issues for People with Learning Disabilities
Meeting Some Specific Health Needs of People with Learning Disabilities
Meeting the Mental-Health Needs of People with Learning Disabilities
People with Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System
Professional Practice

This is a good introductory text for learning disability student nurses, and is an excellent reference book for all other fields of nursing (child, mental health, and adult nurses).

Dr Ruth Wyn Williams
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
October 19, 2012

The chapters cover key issues in supporting people with learning disabilities, but it is the reflection points (dotted throughout the chapters) which make the reader really consider the implications of what they have read. The reflection points will be the basis of many seminar discussions.

Mrs Emma Hinch-Chambers
Health & Social Care, North Lindsey College
September 21, 2012

A thoughtful approach to issues. Helpful for understanding issues from a multi professional perspective.

Ms Sarbjit Kaur Hayre
Social Work, Leeds University
September 5, 2012

Excellent case studies to assist in applyiong theories and contextualising strategeis

Ms Tina Duffy
Health and Social Care, North West Institute
June 11, 2012

An excellent text in relation to Learning Disabilities in Health & Social Care. Clear sections that look at specific issues from a variety of view points. Easy to read, and with well supported information throughout.

Mr Del Wraight
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
April 17, 2012

This book offers comprehensive information for individuals working in this arena. The different chapters by different authors offer differing perspectives and students will find this useful.

Mrs Nicola Meek
Services to People, Merthyr Tydfil College
April 16, 2012

This is a good second year text especially useful for students specialising in this area, this will be recommended in the Sept 2012 module specification

Joanne Smith
Health & social studies, Bolton University
March 6, 2012

Excellent recommended reading book.

Mrs Catherine Keller
Pre-Paramedic Studies, Inchicore College of Further Education
February 23, 2012

This is an interesting and up-to-date collection of articles on health and social care as it relates to people with learning disability.
The chapters are individually well structured, and chapter 11 (Campbell & Goodman) is especially well written.
I may recommend this book as supplementary reading to individual students, but I would not recommend it as a core text. Two main criticisms:

although the book is aimed at a UK readership, the focus is primarily on health and social care in England and Wales.

the individual chapters can be read as "stand alone" text, but for a book of this kind more thought is needed on linking the chapters and drawing conclusions overall.

Dr Martin Campbell
School of Psychology, St Andrews University
December 19, 2011

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