This book is the first text that encapsulates not only the origins of nursing in the learning disability field but also contemporary perspectives and areas for specialist nursing practice.
For many students of learning disability nursing, whether working in health or social care settings, their professional and historical roots remain largely hidden or are portrayed negatively through reported scandals and inquiries. This book therefore intentionally covers a significant part of the history of this branch of nursing and traces the beginnings of a unique colony for people known to be mentally deficient, in the context of society, and the creation of social policy which advocated a solution to what was called mental deficiency.
''...provides a fascinating and well-informed insight into the historical, contemporary and future perspectives of both learning disability care services and learning disability nursing in particular.''
British Journal of Learning Disabilities.
'This text is an essential read for nursing students and healthcare professional working in learning disability ... Excellent'. Charlie Sloan, mental health conversion student, Glasgow, in Nursing Standard, Vol 24, No 47.
Table of Contents: Learning Disability Nursing Practice
Introduction Mark Jukes
Mental deficiency institutions: Have the obituaries been fair and balanced?
Striving towards ordinariness within a regulatory system
Mental deficiency nursing and the GNC: A square peg in a round hole
From the workhouse to citizenship: Four ages of learning disability
Researching learning disability nursing
Community learning disability nursing
Mark Jukes and Simon Jones
Epilepsy and specialist learning disability practice
Fiona Rich and Catherine Doherty
Nursing people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
Colin Griffiths and Carmel Doyle
Mental health and learning disability
Challenging behaviour: The contribution of nurse specialists
Forensic learning disability nursing practice
Autism spectrum conditions
Development of services for children
Challenges for the curriculum in learning disability nursing
Continuing practice development in learning disability nursing
Caron Thomas and Penny Pritchard