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Book

Mental health in learning disabilities: a reader

Editors:
HOLT Geraldine, HARDY Steve, BOURAS Nick, (eds.)
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
223p.
Place of publication:
Brighton
Edition:
3rd ed.

This book, like its previous editions, aims to provide the reader with up-to-date information on mental health problems in people with learning disabilities and associated issues. It has been updated and extended with six additional chapters, to reflect latest developments in services and treatment.

Book

Mental health in intellectual disabilities: a reader

Authors:
BOURAS Nick, HARDY Steve, HOLT Geraldine
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
200p.
Place of publication:
Hove

The fourth edition of this reader draws together contributions from experts in the field to provide up-to-date information on mental health problems in people with intellectual disabilities. Recent changes include: The Mental Capacity Act (2005) which came into operation in 2007; the 2007 revision of The Mental Health Act (1983); and the introduction of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2008. There is also emerging evidence of the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for people with intellectual disabilities. The revisions encompass these changes. Two chapters are dedicated to the new legal and policy frameworks and information on the Care Programme Approach (1990) is included. There are chapters on specific mental health problems, these include: psychosis spectrum disorders; mood, anxiety and eating disorders; personality disorders and substance misuse; neuropsychiatric disorders and epilepsy; and autism. Other topics discussed include: assessment of mental health problems; biological interventions; psycho-social interventions; policy and mental health care for people with intellectual disabilities; staff support and training; consent to treatment; challenging behaviour; and working with families, children, older people and offenders. (The reader provides background knowledge for facilitators using Mental Health in Learning Disabilities: A training resource but can be used as independent resource.)

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Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

Author:
HARDY Steve
Publisher:
Royal College of Nursing
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
22
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
2nd ed

This guidance aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities. It is designed primarily to support the nursing workforce but may also be useful for other health care and social care staff. The publication focuses on the experiences of people with learning disabilities, areas for improvement in relation to dignity, practical ideas on what nurses can do to improve dignity and sources of further information and support. It also includes information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides guidance on working in collaboration with other service providers. The development of the guide was contributed to by a small proactive group of individuals with learning disabilities who use health care services in South East London. This group shared their thoughts, feelings and experiences at 3 focus group meetings. During these events, group members were encouraged and supported to discuss their thoughts in relation to: what dignity means; their experiences of health services; and what nurses could do to make dignity better. The guidance concludes with information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides ideas on working in collaboration with other service providers. (Edited publisher abstract)

Book

Keeping it together: a guide for support staff working with people whose behaviour is challenging

Authors:
WOODWARD Peter, HARDY Steve, JOYCE Theresa
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
86p.
Place of publication:
Brighton

This guide has been written for support staff, working with people with learning disabilities, who are new to challenging behaviour or facing it for the first time. It is a self-help guide and provides practical and realistic information on how direct care staff can develop strategies to support people whose behaviour is challenging and develop their skills in this area. This resource has been written in plain English making it ideal for those without formal psychology training. It also includes a section on how people with learning disabilities view challenging behaviour as well as a useful glossary of terms.

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Provision of mental health care for adults who have a learning disability

Authors:
HARDY Steve, CHAPLIN Eddie, WOODWARD Peter
Publisher:
Royal College of Nursing
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
44
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
3rd ed

First published in 2007, this publication provides guidance for nurses and nursing students in mental health services in delivering high-quality health care to people with learning disabilities. It continues the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum’s work to ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to high-quality health care services. It aims to provide nursing professionals with a better understanding of the mental health needs of adults with learning disabilities and of their communication needs. It highlights the vulnerability of people with learning disabilities to mental health problems, how they present, and are assessed and treated. It gives examples of good practice and partnership working. Also included is a summary of key reports and inquiries since 2006. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Using a simulation exercise to develop staff competence in a specialist inpatient service

Authors:
HARDY Steve, CHAPLIN Eddie
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 4(4), December 2010, pp.35-39.
Publisher:
Emerald

This case report provides a description of a simulation exercise as part of the induction programme for a staff team recruited to a specialist inpatient service for adults with intellectual disabilities and additional mental health problems. The idea of the simulation exercise was to provide a range of clinical scenarios in the physical environment in which the team would actually be working. A list of common needs of patients and other issues was developed to ensure they were included in the simulation. Professional actors were used to play the parts of the patients. The simulation exercise was held over the course of a day, and was separated into 2 shifts. A debriefing session was held immediately after both shifts had been completed, including observations from the facilitators and actors and an overview of the individual observers’ comments. This article describes the rationale for this novel approach, along with details of its planning, implementation and outcomes.

Book

Challenging behaviour: a training pack to develop good practice in working with people with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging

Authors:
HARDY Steve, JOYCE Theresa
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
271p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Brighton

This training resource aims to ensure that the workforce have the capabilities to provide effective and ethical support to people with learning disabilities who have challenging behaviour. It uses a person-centred support approach, emphasising the need for individualised interventions, understanding needs and environmental implications. Modules cover topics such as: understanding and assessing challenging behaviour; interventions; supportive strategies; reactive strategies; cognitive approaches; use of mediation; working with families; active support; mental health problems; and challenging behaviour and offending. Each module is divided into individual sessions, providing details of topics to discuss, time taken per session and resources to use. An accompanying CD-ROM contains slides and handouts that can be printed off. Relevant for front line staff in health and social care settings, and professionals in training.

Book

Mental health promotion for people with learning disabilities: supporting people with learning disabilities to stay mentally well

Authors:
HARDY Steve, et al
Publisher:
OLM-Pavilion
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
79p., handouts, leaflets, CD ROM
Place of publication:
Brighton

A training pack designed to support health and social care staff in teaching people with learning disabilities about mental health and mental health problems. The pack was developed through work with the Tuesday Group, a mental health promotion group for people with learning disabilities. Pack sections include: emotions; mental health; staying well; mental health problems - depression and anxiety; what happens when someone has a mental health problem; helping people to get better; serious mental health problems; and my mental health plan. Each section includes a session overview, learning aims, materials needed and the session running time. Handouts, leaflets and OHPs are included.

Journal article

The Mental Capacity Act: practicalities for health and social care professionals

Authors:
HARDY Steve, JOYCE Theresa
Journal article citation:
Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 3(1), March 2009, pp.9-14.
Publisher:
Emerald

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) is now in full operation in England and Wales. In this article, some of the common questions that professionals face on a day-to-day basis are discussed, including how to assess capacity and decide whether or not someone has capacity, what to do if someone lacks capacity and what could happen if someone does not follow the Mental Capacity Act.

Book

Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

Author:
HARDY Steve
Publisher:
Royal College of Nursing
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
21p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This guidance aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities. It is designed primarily to support the nursing workforce but may also be useful for other health care and social care staff. The publication focuses on the experiences of people with learning disabilities, areas for improvement in relation to dignity, practical ideas on what nurses can do to improve dignity and sources of further information and support. It also includes information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides guidance on working in collaboration with other service providers. The development of the guide was contributed to by a small proactive group of individuals with learning disabilities who use health care services in South East London. This group shared their thoughts, feelings and experiences at 3 focus group meetings. During these events, group members were encouraged and supported to discuss their thoughts in relation to: what dignity means; their experiences of health services; and what nurses could do to make dignity better.

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