Actioning Health in Struell Lodge for People with Learning Disabilities

  • Leader(s)
  • Location
  • Duration
  • Received for Publication
  • Maurice Devine, Nurse Consultant
  • Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn
  • November 2004 – June 2005
  • December 2005
  • Summary of Initiative
  • This project applied a model of health facilitation and health action planning as outlined by Valuing People (Department of Health, 2002) for adults with a learning disability who live and work within a statutory residential and resource centre. The impact of this model was evaluated and the implications for replicating this approach throughout Down Lisburn Trust were considered. There was an increased awareness and understanding of health issues by staff and more importantly by those involved in the process. Local

    GP’s expressed an interest in linking with learning disability specialists to improve the primary care services they deliver. With the improvements made in accessing mainstream primary care services, it is hoped that professionals such as GP’s, Practice nurses, dentists etc will be come more aware of the health needs of people with a learning disability, and of their responsibilities in actively addressing these needs.

    This project was supported by the FoNS Small Projects Programme.