Helping vulnerable people develop and maintain relationships
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Helping vulnerable people develop and maintain relationships

Nilanjan Chatterjee Lead psychiatrist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Weston-super-Mare
Karen Jones Clinical psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Weston-super-Mare
Kate Anslow Clinical psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Weston-super-Mare
Robert Searle Senior assistant psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Weston-super-Mare
Laura Blackhall Assistant psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Weston-super-Mare

Karen Jones and colleagues review results from a survey of what service users, family members and professionals know about local guidelines on sexuality

In the North Somerset Primary Care Trust catchment area, local healthcare guidelines on relationships and sexuality may not help people with learning disabilities or those who support them as they were intended to do. This article discusses findings from a survey of people’s awareness of the guidelines. Although the sample size was small, the results indicate that most professionals, carers and families, but few clients, knew that guidelines exist. More effective dissemination of the information and training of staff are needed to solve this problem.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 5,30-35. doi: 10.7748/ldp.17.5.30.e1525

Correspondence

robert.searle@nsomersetcp-cic.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 25 November 2013

Accepted: 07 April 2014