Russell Woolgar

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Russell is currently working part time as a Learning Disability Outreach nurse. He also works as an independent Clinician attending Care and Treatment reviews in secure services under Transforming care. Before this Russell was employed on a secondment to NHS England to support the transforming care agenda as a regional project manager. Prior to this he managed the Learning Disability Outreach team in Leicester. He has worked as a learning disability nurse for over 30 years, across residential and community services. He has a Masters degree in ‘Learning Disability –Quality of Life’ and has a passion for sharing knowledge to benefit others. His specific interests relate to his hands on experience of managing a ‘challenging needs team’. He chairs the East Midlands Learning Disability Nurse Network.

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Can audits of family contact for out of area placements inform improvements in practice?

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Russell Woolgar summarises a study of family contact during out of area placements for patients in a specialist forensic intellectual disability service.

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Are lean service improvements beneficial to community learning disability teams?

This study perhaps asks more questions than it answers. What's your experience? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Lean working has been described as ‘working smarter not harder’.

Here Russell Woolgar looks at an evaluation of a pilot project, which introduced this approach into a community learning disability team.

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Trial-Based Functional Analysis has limited validity outside of defined clinical settings

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Responses to behaviour that challenges are far more likely to be successful if based on good quality functional analysis.

In his debut blog, Russell Woolgar considers the effectiveness of Trial Based Functional Assessment, and looks at a systematic review which also aims to identify future areas for research.

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