1st Edition

Intellectual Disability in Health and Social Care

    598 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    598 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Many practitioners within health and social care come into contact with people with intellectual disabilities and want to work in ways that are beneficial to them by making reasonable adjustments in order to meet clients’ needs and expectations. Yet the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities continues to be a neglected area, where unnecessary suffering and premature deaths continue to prevail.

    This text provides a comprehensive insight into intellectual disability healthcare. It is aimed at those who are training in the field of intellectual disability nursing and also untrained practitioners who work in both health and social care settings. Divided into five sections, it explores how a wide range of biological, health, psychological and social barriers impact upon people with learning disability, and includes:

    • Six guiding principles used to adjust, plan and develop meaningful and accessible health and social services
    • Assessment, screening and diagnosis of intellectual disability across the life course
    • Addressing lifelong health needs
    • Psychological and psychotherapeutic issues, including sexuality, behavioural and mental health needs, bereavement, and ethical concerns.
    • The changing professional roles and models of meeting the needs of people with intellectual and learning disabilities.

    Intellectual Disability in Health and Social Care provides a wide-ranging overview of what learning disability professionals’ roles are and provides insight into what health and social care practitioners might do to assist someone with intellectual disabilities when specific needs arise.

    Introduction  The Editors  Section 1: The Six Guiding Principles  1. Ensuring Dignity and Respect Su Mcanelly and Dorothy Matthews  2. The Importance of Providing Accessible Information for People with Learning Disabilities  Pamela Inglis and Su Mcanelly  3. Providing Equal Access to Services for People with Learning Disabilities  Pamela Inglis, Andrew Stafford and Kaydii Inglis  4. Personal and Professional Development through Education and Training  Su Mcanelly  5. Adapting Your Skills: Thinking Outside the Box  Pamela Inglis and Angela Ridley  6. Delivering Quality to People with Learning Disabilities  David Atkinson and Gwen Moulster  Section 2: Assessment, Screening and Diagnosis  7. Pre/Peri/Post Natal Assessment, Screening and Diagnosis  Helen Atherton and Shaun Derry  8. Developmental Issues in Early Childhood  Helen Laverty  9. The Health Needs of Adolescence  Jo Lay  10. Determining Health and Social Care in Adulthood  Mary Dearing and Debbie Crickmore  11. Defining Old Age in the Learning Disabled Population  Jo Lay  12. Assessment at the End of Life  Isabel Quinn  Section 3: Lifelong Health Needs  13. Supporting People with Severe Epilepsy: A Case Study in Diagnostic Overshadowing  Malcolm Richardson  14. A Life with Cerebral Palsy: Neil's Story and Jose's Case Examples  Malcolm Richardson, Bronwyn Roberts and Anne Lyons  15. Supporting People with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder  Stacey Atkinson and Malcolm Richardson  16. Specific Health Needs and Conditions  Lesley Montesci and Malcolm Richardson  17. Emotional Difficulties  Malcolm Richardson  Section 4: Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Issues  18. Sexuality and People with a Learning Disability  Stacey Atkinson  19. The Behavioural Needs of People who Have a Learning Disability  Mick Wolverson  20. The Mental Health Needs of People with a Learning Disability  Stacey Atkinson, Dan Dearden and Catherine Bateson  21. Addressing the Needs of People with Learning Disabilities who Have Offended  Anne Todd  22. Bereavement and Loss  Nigel Mcloughlin and Paul Armitage  23. Ethical Issues When Meeting the Psychotherapeutic Needs of People with a Learning Disability  Monica Murphy, Stacey Atkinson and Angela Ridley  Section 5: Changing Roles  24. Inter-Professional Working  Jo Lay and Stacey Atkinson  25. Changing Roles in Meeting the Needs of People with a Learning Disability  Sheena Kelly and Lyndsey Charles  26. Health Promotion for People with a Learning Disability  Stacey Atkinson and Sheena Miller 27. Public Health and Learning Disability  Alex Mcclimens


    Stacey Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer of Learning Disability Nursing and Field Leader for Learning Disability Nursing in the Department of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

    Joanne Lay is a Learning Disability Nurse currently working as a Nurse Lecturer in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK.

    Su McAnelly is a Registered Nurse for people with learning disabilities who now works in the Higher Education sector as a Director of Programmes at Northumbria University, UK.

    Malcolm Richardson is a Learning Disabilities Nurse and Principal Lecturer (Learning Disabilities) in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.