Caring for People with Learning Disabilities

A guide for non-specialist nurses

By (author) Chris Barber

Publication date:

11 February 2015

Length of book:

192 pages


Lantern Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781908625281

From the Foreword by Cecilia Anim, OBE (RCN President, 2015-2018):

“…an enjoyable, touching and inspirational read for all those involved in the lives of people with learning disabilities

Caring for People with Learning Disabilities is a concise introduction to the subject which covers all aspects of the care and support of the learning disabilities patient, for the non-specialist.

All people with learning disabilities are entitled to the same high standard of care as people who do not have a learning disability and to have their health and care needs met in full. The vast majority of student nurses, practising nurses and healthcare professionals are not learning disability specialists, but they still need to provide care for patients with learning disabilities, often for health needs that are not related to the person’s disability.

The book covers a wide range of issues and aims to:
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of what learning disability is and what it means to live with a learning disability.
  • Provide practical advice and suggestions to improve the quality of care provided to people with learning disabilities.

Written in a jargon-free style, the book has numerous practical examples and case studies to help the reader frame the special requirements of the learning disabilities patient in the healthcare setting.

This book will help nurses and carers improve their understanding of learning disability and provide the high quality care to which people with learning disabilities are entitled.