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Professional staff and carers' views of an integrated mental health service for adults with learning disabilities

  • Sarah Samuels (a1), Ian Hall (a2), Charles Parkes (a3) and Angela Hassiotis (a4)
Abstract
Aims and Method

A study was undertaken to investigate the views of professional staff and paid and informal carers' views of a new integrated mental health service for people with learning disabilities.

Results

Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted and transcribed. Most staff and carers were generally satisfied with the in-patient facility. However, information exchange, ward rounds and the ward environment were identified as areas requiring improvement.

Clinical Implications

Many of the participants had no previous experience of supporting a person with learning disabilities and mental health problems in an in-patient setting. However, over time they became supportive of the mental health service and provided valuable input in improving the service provision for people with learning disabilities.

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Professional staff and carers' views of an integrated mental health service for adults with learning disabilities

  • Sarah Samuels (a1), Ian Hall (a2), Charles Parkes (a3) and Angela Hassiotis (a4)
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