Learning Disability

Learning Disability

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Learning disabilities have an impact on a service user’s everyday life, which in turns places specific demands on providers of care who specialise in services that offer support to those with learning disabilities.  Everything from arranging a visit to a shop, to going on a bus, to meeting someone new, can for some be a profoundly difficult undertaking, so appropriately qualified care providers are on hand to offer their expertise and guidance to make the lives of their service users that much more simpler and enjoyable.

Learning disabilities are a broad spectrum and include Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome and many more.  It is distinct from learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, which do not impact upon intellect.  With the right care and management people with learning disabilities can still lead normal lives. Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) present even greater challenges to the care service, but there are many services throughout the UK equipped to deal with even the most significant of learning disabilities.

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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA)

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Can I employ a 16 year old to work in my care setting who wants to gain experience in the Care Sector?

Hi Sheila,

I employ 12 people who work always on a 2:1 ratio with my disabled son. I have been approached by a staff member who has a 16 year old daughter who wants to gain experience in care work. As she would always be supervised and after training would she be able to assist with bathing and pad changes? This all happens within my adapted home, not a care home setting.

  Dear Nigel,   Thank you for your question.   As you know you do not have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) because as is set out in the CQC document,...

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Policy Updates

Updated: 19th February 2019

Access to Information Policy and Procedure

Administration Communications Region: | Reference: NIAC01
Updated: 19th February 2019

Illegal Drug Misuse in the Service User’s Home Policy and Procedure

Care Management Care Practice Region: | Reference: NICC104
Updated: 19th February 2019

Consumption of Alcohol Policy and Procedure

Administration Registration & Compliance Region: | Reference: NIAR43
Updated: 19th February 2019

Distribution of Safety Alert Broadcasts, Rapid Response Reporting and Safety Notices Policy and Procedure

Administration Business Operations Region: | Reference: NIAB32
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