Interprofessional working between intellectual disability nurses and speech and language therapists
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Interprofessional working between intellectual disability nurses and speech and language therapists

Laura O’Toole Speech and language therapist, Health Service Executive Midwest, Tipperary, Ireland
Sophie Nelson Nursing student, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland
Megan O’Connor Nursing student, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Eileen Carey Lecturer course director, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Communicating effectively, interprofessionally and with adults with intellectual disabilities, and relevant support staff are vital components of person-centred communication assessments. Essentially, registered nurses in intellectual disability (RNIDs) – the term used in Ireland –and speech and language therapists (SLTs) need to work well together. This article describes communication assessment tools used with and for adults with intellectual disabilities, and discusses the skills and expertise inherent in the role of RNIDs and SLTs when supporting comprehensive holistic communication assessments. The article also makes recommendations for practice.

Learning Disability Practice. 21, 2,27-31. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1867

Correspondence

eileen.carey@ul.ie

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Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 15 May 2017

Accepted: 07 November 2017