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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Cognitive or behavioural components in group therapy for people with mild learning disabilities and depression?

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There is a growing evidence base that with the right modifications, people with learning disabilities can benefit from cognitive behavioural approaches to treating depression.

Here, Rose Tomlins looks at a study which looked at the impact of cognitive, behavioural or joint strategies.

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High cost placements for people with learning disabilities and complex and challenging needs

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People with learning disabilities who have complex and challenging needs may find themselves placed in specialist services, sometimes distant from family and local support networks, often at high cost to the commissioners.

Here Ruth Northway looks at the findings of a survey of commissioning teams in south east England reporting on the nature and costs of such placements.

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“Admission to a secure unit is an opportunity to reduce smoking” says guidance

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In this blog, Caroline De Brún and André Tomlin look at new guidance from Public Health England, to help commissioners and service providers instigate smoking cessation programmes and smoke-free secure mental health units.

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Beyond diagnosis: Trans-diagnostic CBT for people with learning disabilities

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Trans-diagnostic treatment refers to an approach whereby the same underlying treatment principles are applied across diagnoses.

Here, Michelle Gregory looks at a pilot trial of trans-diagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy for a small group of people with mild learning disabilities who were in-patients in receipt of treatment for emotional difficulties.

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Measuring concepts of dementia in UK Asian communities

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Caroline Struthers critically analyses research on a tool to capture understandings of dementia in UK South Asian communities and wonders about the application of the study to social care practice.

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Understanding depressive symptoms in adults with mild intellectual disability

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Whilst rates vary in the literature, depression is probably more common in people with learning disabilities than in the general population, though it can be easily missed.

Here Louise Phillips looks at a study which set out to look at differences between self-report and carers’ descriptions of depressive symptoms.

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Epidemiological tools help commissioners allocate resources more effectively, suggests research

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Caroline De Brun highlights the Psymaptic epidemiological prediction tool, which helps commissioners make evidence-based decisions about mental health service provision, specifically early intervention in psychosis.

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Interactive Behavioural Therapy: A review of the evidence and suggestions for future research

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Mental health problems have been found to be more common in people with learning disabilities than in the general population.

Fawn Harrad looks at a review of literature exploring the use of interactive behavioural therapy.

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Inpatient mindfulness group improves self-reported intrapersonal skills

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Mindfulness has been offered as a way to help reduce stress in family and carers but few studies have as yet looked directly at the effects of offering mindfulness-based interventions to people with learning disabilities themselves.

In her debut blog, Leen Vereenhooghe looks at an attempt to evaluate a mindfulness group in an inpatient assessment and treatment unit through the experiences of those who took part.

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