Nick Burton

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Nick has been working in the learning disability and mental health fields for 20 years across local authority, private and third sector organisations. Initially studying in cultural studies, Nick later completed a Masters in Business Administration researching purchase decision making behaviour in people with a learning disability in receipt of direct payments. Interests include: person centred approaches, mental capacity, choice and mental health issues in people with a learning disability.


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Let’s talk about sex! Sexual consent for people with learning disabilities


Nick Burton presents a recent literature review about the right to legal capacity to consent to sex for people with learning disabilities. He highlights a number of important questions that staff need to consider so that they can support people with learning disabilities to have healthy sexual relationships.

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How can we help people with learning disabilities engage more in meaningful activities?


Nick Burton reviews a US study of people with learning disabilities living in community group homes, who help show how well they engage in meaningful social and non-social activities.

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Understanding and responding to pain in people with learning disabilities


How do staff and family carers recognise when somebody they support is in pain and what emotional impact does this have on them?

Here, Nick Burton looks at a small scale qualitative study, which set out to explore this issue for some paid carers and family carers.

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Individual Service Funds work well for people, but we also need to learn from when things don’t go so well


Individual Service Funds offer the opportunity for flexible, person centred responses by providers. But in order to achieve this flexibility, commissioners need to break down larger block contracts to make funds available.

Here, Nick Burton looks at an evaluation of such a disaggregation of funds that took place in the London Borough of Southwark.

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Judgements about learning disability services quality based on snapshot experiences were not sufficient to understand service performance in Australian study


What needs to be done to ensure quality services for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and how can organisations ensure that this is done consistently?

Here, Nick Burton describes the findings of an Australian study that uses observational methodology to look in great detail at what was happening for a number of people in small 24hr staffed houses for four to six people.

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Choking in people with learning disabilities: what can be done to reduce the risk?


Today we have a debut blog from Nick Burton, Regional Operations Manager at Mencap. He reviews a new multi-agency report that provides guidance for services working to reduce the risk of choking in people with learning disabilities.

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