Health & Social Care
 
Working with People who have Learning Disabilities
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>>AIM
Participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of Learning Disabilities, associated conditions and how these may affect their service users.

Participants will gain a clear understanding of their job role, and the underpinning values.

>>OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how beliefs, attitudes and assumptions of others can impact on the individual who has a learning disability
  • Describe the potential causes of learning disabilities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of support strategies available
  • Explain the importance of following the individual’s care/support plan
  • State the importance of appropriate professional boundaries
  • Demonstrate knowledge of risk management issues
  • Discuss how the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and DoLS safeguard the rights of people who have learning disabilities

>>DURATION
One Day.

>>PARTICIPANT NUMBERS
This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

>>DESIGNED FOR
Staff who support or care for adults and young people who have learning disabilities.

>>CONTENT
The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination 

  • The Social & Medical models
  • Working in partnership with people as unique individuals
  • Valuing the person and treating them with dignity and respect
  • What is a learning disability
  • Co-existing conditions
  • Communication strategies
  • Positive Risk management, Professional Boundaries, & consistency of approach
  • monitoring & reviewing
  • The legal implications of providing care or support to people who lack capacity
  • Interrelation between the Mental Health Act (1983), (2007), the Mental Capacity Act (2005), DoLS (2008) and the Court of Protection
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
  • Recording/reporting
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Working with People who have Learning Disabilities