OTalk

#OTalk – Tuesday 22nd Feb 2022 – Access to mainstream services for adults with learning disabilities

This #OTalk is being hosted by Lois Connelly.

How accessible are mainstream services? 

Even though mainstream services are starting to improve on being more accessible and inclusive, there is still a long way to go to ensure all adults with learning disabilities can access services. I am an Occupational Therapist working in a community learning disabilities team, and my team are currently supporting adults with learning disabilities to access COVID vaccinations and additional support. This is vital to health, yet some services are still not adapting processes in order to be more accessible. But why? 

During this OTalk, we will: 

  • Look at how adults with learning disabilities are perceived now and whether there is more understanding.  
  • Explore the current barriers for adults with learning disabilities to access mainstream health appointments 
  • Explore ways mainstream services can create reasonable adjustments in order for EVERYONE to access every service. 
  • Look at the Occupational Therapy role within all of this and share stories/scenario’s where you have felt you have made a reasonable adjustment for someone with a learning disability or condition etc.  

The questions will be:

1) How does society perceive adults with learning disabilities? Has this changed? 

2) What are the current barriers for adults with learning disabilities to access mainstream services? 

3) What reasonable adjustments could be put in place for adults with learning disabilities to access services? 

4) Please share a time where you have adapted your practice for someone with a learning disability or condition; OR reflect on a situation where you could have done this. 

Post chat

Host:  Lois Connelly.

Support on OTalk Account: HelenOTUK

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in this chat you can download the below transcript as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.

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