Staff training on palliative care improves practice for people with learning disabilities.


A three phase project to develop, implement, and evaluate a palliative care training programme responsive to learning needs of staff providing services and supports for individuals with learning disabilities living in long-term care settings was evaluated.

Participants in the programme were asked to rate their levels of preparation and confidence, before and after receiving the input.

Ratings for confidence and preparation improved post-training and the study authors also collected data on improvements in use of materials and changes in palliative care practice post-training.

Development and Evaluation of a Staff Training Program on Palliative Care for Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Hahn, J. & Cadogan, M, in Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 8: 42–52.

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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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