Some people with learning disabilities need support from staff to help them live healthy lives.
Staff are often expected to know a lot about health and illness so that they can do their jobs. Some staff have had training to support people with health and illness but others have not.
In our paper we will talk about the way in which staff support people with learning disabilities to live healthy lives and how they support them when they are ill.
We will base what we say on a number of different pieces of work. Some of the work is recent, for example we have done some interviews with staff and we have also sent out a questionnaire. Some of the work is about the past, for example we have looked at some records from the big institutions and we have talked to some of the people who worked in them.
Our findings are about things that help keep people stay healthy and things that people need when they are ill.
Some of the things that we have found out are:
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Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
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