Sunday, August 20, 2017
Frontline Issue 88
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by Rachel Gorman & Olive Gormley Speech and Language Therapy Department’ Daughters of Charity, Dublin

There are many challenges at present to be faced working in health care in Ireland, in particular the barriers that both staff and service...

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Owen Doody, , Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick and Therese Danaher, Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University trace the formation of Nursing Network in Disabilities Ireland.

In the 1980s,  nurse tutors working in what were known at the time as schools of nursing attached to eight services, formed the ‘Nurse...

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Karen Mings examines behavioural problems for children with autism relating to food and suggests fun and rewarding methods to resolve these issues.

Many children with autism have behavioural issues relating to food, diet and healthy eating. These include: —Self-restricted diet —Avoidance of unfamiliar foods —Food preference according to visual appearance...

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The institutionalisation of people with intellectual disability in Ireland during the twentieth century was at the time considered a helpful response that would improve the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families. Institutions provided a regime of care that met basic biological needs in a secluded, self-sufficient environment that perpetuated itself- For the individual with intellectual disability there were many missed opportunities for self-determination and community participation. Donal Fitzsimons explains how the introduction of person-centred plans (PCPs) into disability services in recent times brought with it an assumption that the PCP was robust enough to safeguard against the deleterious effects of life in congregate settings.

A recent study, ‘A case study analysis of Person-centred planning for people with intellectual disabilities following their transfer from institutional care’, examined the lives...

Burnout can be described as a prolonged response to chronic interpersonal and emotional stressors in the work environment. Staff burnout is considered an occupational hazard in people.oriented professions and it is commonly reported amongst frontline staff working in intellectual disability services. In this article Sile Murphy and Claude Watters provide an overview of measures to prevent staff burnout, and potential interventions for staff within intellectual disability services who are experiencing burnout. The role of staff attributions within the context of challenging behaviour will be examined.

The main features of burnout are an overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, frustration, anger, failure and ineffectiveness. Burnout negatively affects both personal and social...

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Person-centred active support is a way of supporting people with disabilities which puts the person at the centre of their own lives and focuses on enabling and empowering people to experience a range of activities both new and familiar, in a wide range of different contexts, with just enough help and support so that people grow in independence, have real choices and control over their lives and become a valued member of their community. Julie Beadle-Brown and Judy Ryan explain.

Person-centred active support is the key to increasing engagement in meaningful activities and relationships which, is itself, is key to achieving a good quality...

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Deirdre Corby of DCU explains how a new module draws teams of individuals together to work on projects specifically focused on improving and changing services for people with intellectual disability

People with intellectual disability are beginning to find opportunities opening up in post-secondary and third-level education. Some institutions have been offering courses for a...