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The role of the nurse in supporting health and well-being for people with learning (intellectual) disabilities
Published on December 6, 2017 37 min
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Hello, my name is Ruth Northway, and I'm Professor of Learning Disability Nursing at the University of South Wales. I've been asked to give this talk about the role of the nurse in supporting the health and well-being of people with learning or intellectual disabilities.
First, however, I want to say a little about why I think it's important that this talk takes place. We tend to talk about people with learning disabilities, but it's important to think about who people with learning disabilities are. They're children and young people; sometimes we know that the child has a learning disability immediately after birth or sometimes even before birth. They grow and they become young people, move through the teenage years and become adults. Increasingly, we're seeing people learning disabilities ageing as the general population ages, so we have a large number of people who are considered to be older adults with all the health problems which older adults generally face. But they're also men and women, some people with learning disabilities are also parents and have children of their own. The reason I mention this and the reason I encourage you to think about it is because not all nurses are going to specialise in working with people with learning disabilities, however at some point in your career you are going to work with people with learning disabilities. All nurses work with people with learning disabilities. Because of that, it's important that all nurses have got the knowledge and skills to do this.
The aims of this presentation are firstly to increase your understanding of the nature of learning disabilities. Second, to enhance your awareness of the health needs of people with learning disabilities. Third, we're going to examine some of the barriers to healthcare that are experienced by many people with learning disabilities. Finally, to think about the ways in which nurses can enhance the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities.