Enabling self-management of long-term conditions
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Enabling self-management of long-term conditions

Helen Barton Community nurse, Supported living outreach team at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Helen Barton explains how a series of person-centred interventions helped a young man with a learning disability and bipolar disorder live a more fulfilling life

This case study describes a person-centred process in which a young man with learning disabilities, anxiety and bipolar disorder was helped to understand and manage his health and wellbeing. His support team did not presume they knew how he should manage his conditions but tailored the process to his own experiences and perspectives. The man was helped to contribute to his own bipolar teaching pack, which helped carers and family members to understand his bipolar cycle and how he would like to be supported during each of its phases. This was important because during the manic phase, he often had communication difficulties and could not explain his needs. The names of individuals in this article have been changed to protect their confidentiality.

Learning Disability Practice. 15, 8,30-32. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.10.15.8.30.c9330

Correspondence

helen.barton@bhamcommunity.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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