Using a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of physical intervention skills
Lee Hollins Self-employed physiotherapist, Essex
Lee Hollins describes his contribution as a physiotherapist in teaching members of the multidisciplinary team safe techniques to restrain individuals
It is universally agreed that the use of physical intervention techniques on service users with learning disabilities is to be avoided if possible. This article explores how a physiotherapist can bring valuable in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge to the multidisciplinary team. This specialist knowledge can be used to augment the existing expertise in the multidisciplinary team and ensure that, when physical intervention techniques are proposed as a measure of last resort, they are assessed as suitable and safe for the individual.
Learning Disability Practice. 13, 3,26-28. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.04.13.3.26.c7699