learning disabilities

Pain management for older people with learning difficulties and dementia

In general, the pain relief needs of older people with dementia are not adequately met. The aim of this research was to determine whether the same unsatisfactory treatment also applies to people with learning difficulties who have dementia and, if so, to make recommendations for improving practice. The research team was based at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, and the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling.

Living on the edge: enabling older owner occupiers with moderate learning disabilities to live independently

Report focusing on the plight of older people with mild to moderate learning disabilities living independently in their own homes. It notes that many reach crisis points which threaten their independence and argues that a service response model based on crisis support workers is the most effective way of preventing such crises occurring and recurring.

Launch of 'Valuing People Now'

Letter announcing the launch of 'Valuing People Now', a three-year cross-government strategy for people with learning disabilities accompanied by a delivery plan.

All about autistic spectrum disorders

This booklet has been written primarily for parents, carers and other family members when a child has been diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder. It will also be of interest to those who are professionally involved, such as teachers, GPs, speech and language therapists and health visitors. This booklet gives information on some of the most common questions, suggests further publications and gives the addresses of useful organisations.

SCIE research briefing 14: Helping parents with learning disabilities in their role as parents

This research briefing was published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence in February 2005. A SCIE research briefing is a summary of information on a particular topic to update practice at the health and social care interface. The topic of this briefing is parents with intellectual or learning disabilities and the support they may need to help them as parents.

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance newsletter September 2004

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. This newsletter provides an update on the progress of the SIAA. Points of interest include information about independent advocacy and working with the legal profession; general hospital care for people with learning disabilities; training information; leaflets about health rights, and details of a report into access to banking services by people with learning disabilities.

Improving care in challenging times - SCIE annual review 2008/09

Annual review detailing the challenges faced by the social care sector over the past year, and highlights the issues and possible improvements to services.

GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services - Better Learning, Better Behaviour

This podcast is taken from the 'GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services' Conference held in Glasgow on the 24-26 September. Session 3 - Building Better Childhoods, Responding to Need. Dr George Head, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow talks about better understanding and education while children learn.

Getting it right together : unit 2 : causes and manifestations of learning disabilities

This resource - Getting it right together on learning disabilities, has been written for all pre-registration nursing students in Scotland. It comprises five units of study that will support something in the order of 12 to 15 hours of directed and, or, facilitated learning on a range of issues that relate to learning disabilities. Unit 2 examines the causes and manifestations of learning disabilities.

Valuing people: a new strategy for learning disability for the 21st century

UK Government white paper setting out how the Government will work with local councils, the NHS, voluntary organisations and people with learning disabilities and their families to create new opportunities for those with learning disabilities to lead full and active lives.