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Learning Enhancement and Development

Celia Harding - SHS - Education Enhancement Grant

Dr Celia Harding, School of Health Sciences

(in collaboration with Rosa Benato, Mo Pamplin and Olivia Fox)

The grant was to create four videos of people with learning disabilities discussing their problems with accessing healthcare. These resources were created to supplement the Mental Capacity teaching already being taught to speech and language therapy students as part of their SL3008 Professional Studies module.

Although this is a part of the curriculum, it was felt that pre – preparatory resources, with students working in groups, and then discussing findings with a lecturer could be improved further by meeting the service users in video recordings before meeting them live.

We intend to create an Interprofessional Moodle space to include the Mental Capacity teaching resources, and we will be measuring students’ perceptions of the newly created resources during the Autumn Term, 2017. We are trying to involve another group of healthcare students, as we feel that there would be significant interprofessional learning benefits.

It is important that students are taught about the problems people with learning disabilities, experience on a daily basis, especially when accessing healthcare. Students will be the healthcare practitioners of the future, and these teaching and learning opportunities are essential in the development of clinical problem solving as well as understanding the communication styles and needs of service users with learning disabilities, particularly in a healthcare context. Students grapple with learning how to be practitioners and do not always have allocated time to really consider issues of enactment during their placements. This opportunity that we provide focuses student attention towards being person-centered, thinking about the theory underpinning what they do, and voicing their concerns and their personal challenges in a safe environment.

The money we were awarded has gone to pay the service users for their time in preparing the resources they created. We are very grateful that we have had this opportunity to develop these very important resources.