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Trust staff help to write book on best practice in learning disability care

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A number of our staff have used their expertise to contribute towards a new book for professionals; Intellectual Disability in Health and Social Care. The book, which was officially launched in October at a special event at Huddersfield University, looks into the roles of learning disability professionals and how to make sure people with learning disabilities are given the right level of support.

The book aims to enable people, in whatever role they meet or engage with people with learning disabilities, to see beyond their disability and to recognise and support their health and wellbeing.

Staff in roles from across our organisation were approached to contribute to the book due to their experience working with people with learning disabilities.

Catherine Dunne, ward manager at Newhaven – the Trust’s low secure learning disability service and Daniel Dearden, senior mental health practitioner for the Trust’s mental health liaison team were co-authors of a chapter on the mental health needs of people with a learning disability.

Anne Todd, advanced nurse practitioner on Chippendale Ward – a learning disability ward at Newton Lodge was asked to write a chapter of the book titled ‘addressing the needs of people with learning disabilities who have offended’.

Anne said, “I was asked to write the chapter from the perspective of a nurse who supports people with these needs on a daily basis. My role at Newton Lodge, the Trust’s medium secure inpatient unit, means I’m able to use my knowledge to try and raise awareness of some of the issues people with a learning disability many face when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. I’ve also included some practical tips that people could follow to support people with these behaviours in their nursing practice.”

Nigel McLoughlin, clinical services manager co-wrote a section along with Paul Armitage, counsellor/psychotherapist on ‘bereavement and loss’. Paul explained, “The section explores bereavement and what professionals might do to support people at this time. Nigel was able to bring his expertise from working with people with learning disabilities and I was able to provide experience as a bereavement professional who also has experience of working with clients with learning disabilities.”

Nigel added, “Working on a book is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time; it’s a great way to share my experiences with others. I’m committed to education and having the opportunity to guide people with best practice in caring for those with learning disabilities is a fantastic opportunity.”

More information about the book can be found here 

Trust staff help to write book on best practice in learning disability care

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