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Effective Communication with People Who Have Learning Disabilities course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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The session aims to provide a range of information and ideas that can be used to improve communication when consulting with people who have learning disabilities.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in July 2018.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise the impact and importance of communicating effectively with people who have learning disabilities
  • Recognise the different ways people with learning disabilities do communicate
  • Acquire skills and techniques to assist you when communicating with people who have learning disabilities
  • Assess and use a range of resources to assist when communicating with people who have learning disabilities

Communication is a two way exchange of information, and to be successful, messages that are sent need to be understood by all those involved in the exchange.

Instructors / Speakers
Jo Corbett,
Health Facilitator Learning Disabilities, South Staffordshire PCT

Mrs. Jo Corbett qualified as a registered learning disability nurse in 1979, spending 3 years in residential care settings, moved to a post as a community learning disability nurse, where she remained for some time.

During mid nineties Jo studied for a BSc in health studies (health promotion) developing an interest in ensuring people with learning disabilities gain equal access to mainstream services that both prevent and treat ill health.

In 2002 Jo was involved in developing a resource pack for health facilitators commissioned by the NHS West Midlands. The work was published in a community nursing journal which subsequently led to the publication of book titled, Health Care Provision and People with Learning Disabilities: a guide for health professionals in 2006.

Since 2004 Jo has worked as a strategic health facilitator working to ensure mainstream health professionals have the skills required to meet the health needs of people with learning disabilities, links with this role and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 has led to an interest in Safeguarding Adults and Jo is currently working as Lead Nurse for Safeguarding Adults for South Staffordshire PCT.

Effective Communication with People Who Have Learning Disabilities course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Developmental disabilities, Disability
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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