Care pathway developed for learning disabilities16th August 2011
A team of community nurses in Coventry have designed a transitional care pathway for teenagers with learning disabilities in order to help them cope with adult services.
The creation of a transitional care pathway by Rebecca Turner, a community nurse with the learning disability team at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, is designed to help patients experience continuous services and offer healthcare professionals a smoothly designed process to follow.
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said the process used before this one contained "flaws which could create stress for the young people" caused by "lack of clarity and uncertainty over future placements".
In the past, learning disabled adults went to their GP to undergo a health screening and have an action plan completed. However this service was not offered to younger people with learning disabilities.
In response Rebecca Turner and her colleagues carried out a health screening pilot at a local school for learning disabled teenagers aged 17-18.
It was a success and it is believed that it will be rolled out to other schools in the area.
Ms Turner and her colleague Anita Murphy also designed a training programme called CHAT (Choice, Health and Transition) to cover subjects such as personal hygiene and safety and stress control.
Sarah Warmington, general manager for learning disability services at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, was full of praise for Ms Turner's work.
She said: "What Rebecca has created is a truly fantastic piece of work. In time we believe this care pathway for young adults will bridge the gap that currently exists in the service."
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Title: Care pathway developed for learning disabilities
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19456
Date Added: 16th Aug 2011