Learning Disabilities

A non-specialist introduction for nursing, health and social care

Chris Barber

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Publication date: April 7, 2022

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ISBN: 9781914962011 Related titles: , ,

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Learning Disabilities is an accessible introductory textbook that will help to improve the quality of care provided to people with learning disabilities. It is aimed primarily at nursing and healthcare students who are not in the learning disabilities field of practice but are seeking to understand learning disability and become rounded practitioners.
Through clear explanations, examples and activities, the book will help you to recognise, support and care for people with learning disabilities whenever you meet them in your practice. You will learn:

  • What learning disability is and how it interacts with physical and mental health
  • What the role of the nurse or carer is and how to care for and provide support to people with learning disabilities
  • About legal issues around learning disability including discrimination, capacity and consent
  • How to support people with a learning disability who are experiencing ageing and suffering bereavement
  • About spirituality and sexuality in relation to people with a learning disability
  • How to support the informal unpaid caregivers who provide daily care to a person with a learning disability, and how to recognise and utilise their experience and knowledge.

Written by a highly experienced author, academic and caregiver, this book will help you to improve your understanding of learning disability and to provide the high quality care to which people with learning disabilities are entitled.

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; About the author

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Who is this book for?
1.2 A brief overview of the book

Chapter 2 What is learning disability?
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Definition
2.3 Basic history
2.4 What it means to have a learning disability
2.5 Conclusion

Chapter 3 Nursing support for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities
3.1 Introduction
3.2 What is PMLD?
3.3 Twelve activities of daily living
3.4 Conclusion

Chapter 4 Learning disability legislation and reports
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Differences between Bills, Acts, White Papers, Green Papers and reports
4.3 Key documents relating to learning disabilities
4.4 Suggestions for further research
4.5 Conclusion

Chapter 5 Medical care and support for those with a learning disability
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Healthcare needs of those with a learning disability
5.3 Roles of the nurse
5.4 Professional development opportunities
5.5 Conclusion

Chapter 6 Learning disability and consent to treatment
6.1 Introduction
6.2 What is consent?
6.3 Forms of consent
6.4 Mental Capacity Act 2005
6.5 Assessing mental capacity
6.6 The role of the nurse
6.7 Conclusion

Chapter 7 Learning disability and mental health
7.1 Introduction
7.2 What is mental health?
7.3 Forms of mental ill-health
7.4 Prevalence
7.5 The role of the nurse
7.6 Conclusion

Chapter 8 Learning disability and forensic care
8.1 Introduction
8.2 What are forensic services?
8.3 Prevalence
8.4 A journey through forensic services
8.5 The role of the nurse
8.6 Conclusion

Chapter 9 Sexuality and people with a learning disability
9.1 Introduction
9.2 What is sexuality?
9.3 Issues regarding sexuality and those with a learning disability
9.4 The law
9.5 Issues around consent
9.6 The role of the nurse
9.7 Conclusion

Chapter 10 Ageing and those with a learning disability
10.1 Introduction
10.2 What is old age?
10.3 Normal ageing
10.4 Common medical conditions
10.5 Dementia
10.6 The role of the nurse
10.7 Conclusion

Chapter 11 Dying, death and bereavement and people with a learning disability
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Dying
11.3 Death
11.4 Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR)
11.5 Bereavement
11.6 The role of the nurse
11.7 Conclusion

Chapter 12 Care and support for those who are informal caregivers
12.1 Introduction
12.2 What is 'informal caregiving'?
12.3 Experiences of those who are caregivers
12.4 Caregiver legislation and strategy
12.5 The roles of the nurse
12.6 Conclusion

Chapter 13 Disability and carer discrimination
13.1 Introduction
13.2 What is discrimination?
13.3 Anti-discrimination legislation
13.4 Experiences of those who have a learning disability
13.5 The roles of the nurse
13.6 Conclusion

Chapter 14 Learning disability and spirituality
14.1 Introduction
14.2 What is spirituality?
14.3 Barriers to experiencing and practising spirituality
14.4 Spiritual resources
14.5 The role of the nurse
14.6 Conclusion

Chapter 15 The future and learning disability
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Past
15.3 Present
15.4 Future
15.5 Conclusion

Glossary; Resources; Index

This book is an excellent resource offering an introduction to learning disabilities, and I feel that everyone working in care would benefit from reading it. The simple logical structure and layout, along with the tone, make for easy reading, whether in one go or for quick reference to a particular topic. I will be recommending this to my peers and my university. The concept is excellent, particularly as student nurses are expected to experience all fields yet this exposure can be limited.
Adult nursing student, University of Wolverhampton

A well written book with interesting learning ideas that our students will benefit from. I will recommend the book to be part of our reading list for the module I lead.
Lecturer, University of Essex

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