Turning Point launches new toolkit to help support the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Turning Point has launched a new health toolkit, a document written and developed by a dedicated team of nurses which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. It contains vital information to help people maintain good health on a day-to-day basis.

The toolkit, a first of its kind, is a comprehensive guide to making sure that people with learning disabilities are healthy and well. It also aims to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff in advocating and monitoring the healthcare needs of people with learning difficulties.

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability at Turning Point said: ‘When we work with people with learning disabilities who are non-verbal it can be difficult at times for support workers, health staff and others to know when people are poorly, because individuals might not tell us in a way that is obvious.

‘The development of this toolkit is to aid those working with people who have learning disabilities to think proactively about people’s health and support individuals to lead a fulfilled life in good health. We hope this toolkit will do just that, and are making it available to the wider health and learning disability community to utilise.’

Karen Hibell, a learning disability nurse at Turning Point who helped develop the toolkit said: ‘This toolkit has been developed to highlight early warning signs to enable workers to support people to access their GP earlier. This will help to avoid hospital admissions, escalation of health issues and support individuals to be as healthy as possible.’

The health toolkit is divided into six sections, the first four being relevant to all workers who want to gain a greater understanding of how to best look after people in care. Later sections focus on particular illnesses or conditions to give support staff a more acute understanding of these problems.

To view the toolkit, visit our Learning Disability resources page where you can download a PDF.