Paula Hopes

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Paula is a senior lecturer in the Learning Disability Team at Teesside University. As a new academic she is very interested in the perceptions of learning disability nurses, particularly within the current climate and The Shaping Care review. She has always had close links to the university having trained there 15 years ago. She was previously employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in and LD Camhs team, working across a wide range of settings in developing behavioural approaches based on PBS and functional analysis. She has an MSc in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour and currently leads on a CPD module developing practice in relation to this. She has worked in a variety of settings across all ages in her career and considers herself passionate about the recognition of the voice of people with learning disabilities and their families.


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Mental health needs of people with learning disabilities – are mental health nurses prepared?

Working directly with people with learning disabilities during medical training can improve knowledge of specific issues and attitudes in health care professionals

The mental health needs of people with learning disabilities may be overlooked.

In this blog, Paula Hopes looks at review of literature, which sets out to discover how prepared mental health nurses are to respond to these needs.

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Nursing skills in diabetes, recognition and management: are learning disability and mental health nurses health literate?

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People with learning disabilities are more at risk of developing diabetes, but how prepared are learning disability nurses to support them?

Here, Paula Hopes looks at a pre- and post- test evaluation on a one-day workshop focusing on this very issue.

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Measuring the mediators: initiating, maintaining and interrupting interactions. How do support workers support social inclusion?


Being engaged in our community at a level, with which we feel comfortable, could be a measure of the quality of our lives. But how do workers who support people with learning disabilities help them in ways, which can achieve this? What helps and what gets in the way?

Here, in her debut blog, Paula Hopes looks at a naturalistic observation study that looked at this issue in more detail.

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