Into the future
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Into the future

Dave Hanson Community Nurse, Bolton

Dave Hanson describes how people with learning disabilities in Bolton can look forward to a healthier future

In recent years much has been written about the health needs of people with learning disability and it should no longer be in dispute that this client group has greater health needs than the general population (Department of Health 1999). In tandem with this growing awareness, is the realisation that learning disability nurses need to be proactive in their work (Matthews 1996). Health screening for people with learning disabilities, undertaken as a partnership between learning disability services and the primary health care team, is an example of such proactive partnerships. This approach has been gaining credibility and there are examples emerging around the country. The recent White Paper ‘Valuing People’ (Department of Health 2001), outlines how staff in local community teams have a key role developing partnerships with primary health care teams, in order to promote access to health care for people with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Practice. 4, 2, 12-15. doi: 10.7748/ldp2001.

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