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Healthy eyes, teeth and ears

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
3
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information on how social care staff can support people with learning disabilities to look after their eyes, teeth and ears. It is the fifth in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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How social care staff can support people with learning disabilities and dementia

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information on how social care staff can support people with learning disabilities and dementia. It covers recognising signs of dementia, sharing information about what a diagnosis of dementia means, and things social care staff can do. It is the 11th in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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How social care staff can recognise and manage pain in people with learning disabilities

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information for social care staff on how to recognise and manage pain in people with learning disabilities. It is the tenth in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Common health problems that social care staff should be aware of

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information for social care staff on the common health problems that affect people with learning disabilities. These include epilepsy, respiratory diseases, dysphagia, constipation, diabetes and mental health problems. It is the sixth in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disabilities: how extensive should they be?

Authors:
CHAUHAN U., et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 54(6), June 2010, pp.479-486.
Publisher:
Wiley

General practitioners in the UK are being incentivised to carry out health checks under the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) as a way of detecting unmet need for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). This study looked at the key parameters recorded as part of the health check and compared any additional value with standard care provided through the current QOF framework. Twenty seven representative practices from four English primary care trusts (Haringey, Nottinghamshire, Oldham and Warwickshire) carried out health checks over a 6-month period. The data were divided into two domains for analysis: 'ID-specific' (visual assessment, hearing assessment, behaviour assessment, bladder function, bowel function and feeding assessment) and the financially incentivised QOF targets (blood pressure, smoking status, ethnicity, body mass index, urine analysis and carer details). A total of 651 ID patients were identified; only nine practices undertook a health check on 92 of their patients with ID during the pilot. Significant differences were found in the recorded information, between those who underwent a health check and those who did not. For those that had a health check, recorded information was on average higher for the 'QOF targets' compared with the 'ID-specific' domain, by 58.7%. The authors suggest that a more targeted approach focused in incentivising ID-specific health issues might be more appropriate than an extensive health check for improving care for people with ID.

Journal article

Health and social needs of people with low intelligence

Authors:
SCHNEIDER Justine, CLEGG Jennifer
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Review Journal, 14(2), June 2009, pp.22-27.
Publisher:
Emerald

This paper asks whether intellectual ability determines an individual's potential to live well and deal with the checks and obstacles that life presents. A secondary analysis of the ONS survey of psychiatric morbidity, 2000 was undertaken. It was fond that people with low intelligence was significantly more likely to be a smoker, have problems with paperwork and be renting their home, and a significant subgroup was more likely to be friendless. The pursuit of social justice and social inclusion may require greater attention to be paid to the health and well-being of people with below-average intelligence.

Journal article

Mind the healthcare gap

Author:
NADIRSHAW Zenobia
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 9(5), July 2009, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and the possible reasons for these inequalities are discussed. The need for proper health needs assessments and the need to include health assessment in person-centred plans is highlighted.

Journal article

The key to progress?

Author:
MOORE Debra
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 9(5), July 2009, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article provides an overview of the eleven key areas covered by new guidance on health action planning and health facilitation, launched as part of a Valuing People Now resource pack. They aim tackle health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities. The areas cover: a whole systems approach, identifying health needs and monitoring progress, comprehensive health checks, a human rights approach, public health, partnership boards, action for health frameworks, workforce, supporting people and family carers to plan, including everyone, and good health action planning and health facilitation.

Journal article

Managing health problems in people with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
van SCHROJENSTEIN LANTMAN-DE VALK Henny M.J., WALSH Patricia Noonan
Journal article citation:
British Medical Journal, 13.12.09, 2008, pp.1408-1412.
Publisher:
British Medical Association

People with intellectual disabilities have a higher prevalence of health problems that the general public, and their health needs are often unrecognised and unmet. A up-to-date clinical review for medical generalists on the health needs of people with learning disabilities is presented. The article also covers communication, treatment decisions and developing health management plans.

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Good practice in learning disability nursing

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
63p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This document provides good practice guidance to support learning disability nursing to make a major contribution to the health and well-being of people with a learning disability in the future.

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