New film aims to enable people with learning disabilities to talk about death and dying


Last week we posted about a study looking at end of life are for people with learning disabilities through the experiences of the staff supporting them.

This week, we would like to draw your attention to a new film that has been produced by CHANGE for Dying Matters and the National End of Life Care Programme.

The film deals with how best to include people with learning disabilities in discussions around death, dying and bereavement.

The film includes people sharing their stories and wishes around how they would like to see other people with learning disabilities supported so they can become more comfortable talking about dying, death and bereavement.

We’re living well but dying matters

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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