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Maximising individuals’ control over their lives

Helen Barton Community nurse, Birmingham Community Health Care NHS Trust

Helen Barton explains how support staff who adopt a person-centred approach to care in the community can help people with complex needs to achieve their goals

This article describes the adoption of a person-centred approach to support people with learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviours who live in the community. It includes a series of case studies that show how service users’ goals can be identified and achieved, and how service users can be empowered to make meaningful choices and gain control over their lives, to the benefit of all concerned.

Learning Disability Practice. 15, 3, 12-16. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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