Contemporary issues in the training of UK health and social care professionals — Looking after people with a learning disability

MCCCIMENS, Alex, BOSWORTH, David, BREWSTER, Jacqui and NUTTING, Charlotte (2012). Contemporary issues in the training of UK health and social care professionals — Looking after people with a learning disability. Nurse Education Today, 32.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.04.021

Abstract

The health and social care of people labelled with ‘learning disability’ has historically been a disputed territory for those individuals working within the nursing and allied health professions. In recent times this situation has seen public debate as instances of poor care and avoidable deaths have received a high profile in the popular and professional presses. Here we report on a local initiative where students can study for a joint honours award which allows them to practise as a generic social worker and a learning disability nurse. We believe that the inter-professional perspective improves their ability to manage the increasingly complex aspects of health and social care that this client group demands. Furthermore, we suggest that if a similar model were to be applied at a foundation module level to the training of ALL health and social care professionals, then the results would be a win/win situation for all parties. This would also go some way to meeting the recommendations of Sir Jonathan Michael's report, Health Care for All (DH, 2008)

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nedt.2012.04.021
Depositing User: Alex Mcclimens
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 13:50
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 13:50
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5585

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