McCray, J. and Carter, S., 2002. A Study to Determine the Qualities of a Learning Disability Practitioner. British Journal of Nursing, 11 (21), pp. 1380-1388.
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In recent years, a number of research studies have explored the role of key professionals in the field of learning disability. These have been predominately large studies, nationally commissioned and offering a broad structural picture of the professionals’ current function. This article explores a localized research study undertaken in the Avon, Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire area of the south-west of England. While acknowledging the national context in which both learning disability nurses (RN(LD)s) and social workers operate, this study offers a more intimate insight into what form of future practitioner would be most effective. The qualitative research study included a series of topic-focused interviews and focus groups comprising professionals, people with learning disabilities, carers and representatives from the voluntary and independent sectors. Findings established that the desired future practitioner would maintain the specialist way of thinking of the RN(LD), together with the care management facilitation role of the social worker. For the research participants the optimal choice of practitioner was a dually qualified RN(LD)/social worker. Although the study was set in a particular locality, the researchers suggest that the outcomes both endorse and identify tensions in the proposed national developments for professional education, at a crucial point for the delivery and design of health and social care learning disability services.
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