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Learning Disability Day
It is well recognised that people with a learning disability encounter inequity in access and treatment with their health needs. Assumptions are made regarding presentation of illness and on occasion this leads to an untimely death http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cipold/. In health care situations, the Adult, Mental Health or Children’s nurse may only encounter the person with a learning disability when they are unwell or distressed. To achieve this, we wanted to provide an opportunity for student nurses to engage with people who have a learning disability at a personal and social level. It was envisaged that the learning disability ‘insight’ day would provide a positive platform to introduce students across the fields of nursing practice to the lives of people with a learning disability, and their families.
The day is presented in three parts, a drama performance ‘to set the scene’, formal presentations from keynote speakers and service providers while the reminder of the day is about meeting the individual and learning about their life through a variety of presentations, ‘conversations with’, workshops, posters, art installations etc.
The presentations are all provided by individuals who have a learning disability, family members, and support and service providers; this partnership approach is a key aspect for the day’s success.
We held our first Learning Disability ‘insight’ Day in 2014 and following its success we continue to deliver the event annually. The timing is critical; we arrange our event to coincide with the national Learning Disability Week (Mencap).
We adopt the theme for the week so we add to the national voice and celebrations for people who have a learning disability within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and beyond.
For further information contact: www.dmu.ac.uk/jillianpawlyn
Celebrating ' Employment’
“Around 8 in 10 working age people with a learning disability have one that's mild or moderate, but fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment.” MENCAP 2017
The experience days (22nd and 23rd June 2017) provide nursing students with time to reflect on their practice experiences and hear from individuals, families and services about the importance of employment for health and well-being.
Health at work
We invited students to share their stories about their own employability and ‘health’ journeys into work. Join in and share #LDWeek17 @DMU_Nurs_Mid
Celebrating ' friendships and relationships’
The Insight days (22nd June and 8th November 2016) provided nursing students from the four fields of nursing with the opportunity to hear about friendships and relationships from people who have a learning disability, their families and service providers; sharing their stories to help change the way the students and wider community sees learning disability.
We invited students to share their stories about what learning disability means to them. Join in and share #LDWeek16 @DMU_Nurs_Mid
“I want to thank you and all the LD team for such inspiring insight day yesterday. I personally came away with so much from every workshop/meeting it was fabulous !!!”
Kaye Griffin, Student Nurse 1409.
“I found it really useful being able to ask questions about their lives and listen to their experiences in an appropriate environment, I feel it was a rare opportunity and deepened my understanding a great deal.”
Student participant, June 2016.
“I am so proud of [name removed]. The students really warmed to him and I think this helped them [students] overcome barriers to engagement.”
Contributor, November 2016.
“The interaction with service users and the drama performance inspired me a lot and gave me a new dimension in challenges faced by people with LD”
Student participant, November 2016.
“…massive thank you for offering the opportunity Movers to perform again. It clearly meant so much to them to be able to show people about themselves and share pieces of their story. I’m very grateful to have been able to support them with devising the performance, and then so overwhelmed by the wonderful reception and gratitude of the students. I really hope those seminars like that and the others during the week can make a difference for the future as I really value the importance of raising awareness beyond the social model of disability.”
Movers Learning Disabled Theatre Company, Nov 2016.
Celebrating the achievements of the 'Hear my voice campaign' with people sharing their experiences of being heard.
https://www.mencap.org.uk/press-release/hear-my-voice-grassroots-learning-disability-movement-sets-sights-2015-general The Insight day (16th June 2015) provided nursing students with the opportunity to hear from people who have a learning disability, their families and service providers; sharing their stories to help change the way the community sees learning disability.
We invited students to share their stories about what learning disability means to them. Join in and share #LDWeek15 @DMU_Nurs_Mid
“The learning disability nursing students who were there to support the running of the day were excellent and the two who introduced us and listened to [name removed] ‘conversation with’ sessions were able to contribute to and enhance his delivery, and also finding our views helpful to them”
Contributor, June 2015.
“Meeting the service users in the small sessions and listening to the acute liaison nurse about their role in the hospital. As an adult nurse I now have their number for when I am on the wards. I have been on wards where this service if I had known could have been of benefit”
Student Participant, June 2015.
“I enjoyed hearing the personal experiences, as well as the professional experiences. All were very insightful, and gave students who have had no experience of working with or caring for people with learning disabilities the opportunity to increase their knowledge”
Student participant, June 2015.
"celebrating people overcoming adversity, and people's prejudice and ignorance to experience their incredible firsts" .
The Insight day (17 June 2014) provided nursing students with the opportunity to hear from people who have a learning disability, their families and service providers; sharing examples of 'firsts' and the challenges encountered and overcome along individual journeys.
We invited students to share their amazing first time stories. Join in and share #LDWeek14 @DMU_Nurs_Mid
“Very interesting to hear about parents view point after looking after a child with LD and how this impacts on the whole family;”
Student participant, June 2014.
“Positive portrayal of LD issues and the aspects of life people who do not have a LD take for granted”
Student participant, June 2014.
You have the opportunity to attend the annual Positive Choices conference where learning disability nursing students from across the UK get together.
This provides invaluable opportunities for networking as well as being updated by national leaders from the field of learning disabilities.
https://www.dmuglobal.com/ you have the opportunity to engage with health at a global level through links with the local and international community.
Volunteering opportunities can help you enrich your university experience by helping the community and taking satisfaction from the positive changes you deliver to the local area.
Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) showcase your employability.
CIPOLD (Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities
CIPOLD (Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities) Report
Further reading http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cipold/