Learning from support workers: can a dramatherapy group offer a community provision to support changes in care for people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties?

Bourne, Jane, Selman, Matthew and Hackett, Simon (2020) Learning from support workers: can a dramatherapy group offer a community provision to support changes in care for people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties? British Journal of Learning Disabilities. ISSN 1354-4187 (In Press)

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Abstract

1.1 Background
The UK Government's Transforming Care Agenda for people with learning disabilities has struggled to meet its goals of reducing inpatient beds and building community‐based support. This article reports on the experiences of support staff who attended dramatherapy groups developed to assist transitions from an inpatient hospital and to prevent re‐admissions through post‐discharge support. The groups provide ongoing support and a place where relationships can be developed between supporter and those supported.

1.2 Materials and Methods
A focus group with a purposive sample of paid support staff. The data was synthesised using a thematic framework approach.

1.3 Results
Themes include: (a) new way of supporting and (b) hospital connection. The groups helped improve social interaction, friendship building, communication and self‐confidence. Additional benefits include the pooling of support and a connection with professionals that enables difficulties to be caught early.

1.4 Conclusions
Support workers valued these dramatherapy groups, recognising how the intervention enabled people with learning disabilities to develop relationships and provide easy access to mental health professionals. Support staff also found benefits for themselves which included shared support and an increased understanding and insight into the people they support.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2020 11:32
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 10:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41799

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