Promoting the Health and Well-Being of People with Learning Disabilities

  • Pauline Heslop
  • Crispin Hebron

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pauline Heslop, Crispin Hebron, Robina Mallett, Sally Anne Hillman
    Pages 1-15
  3. Sam Bradley, Hannah Crawford, Hilary Nozedar
    Pages 17-31
  4. Sally Wilson, Liam Abraham
    Pages 33-45
  5. Dave Williams, Michael Mulhall
    Pages 47-56
  6. Mo Gharraph, Jonathon Lenaerts, Gwen Moulster
    Pages 57-74
  7. Daniel Marsden, Susan Cooper
    Pages 75-87
  8. Danielle Adams, Barry Jubraj
    Pages 89-106
  9. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Jean Willson
    Pages 107-124
  10. Jackie Fletcher, Jill Parker, Jordan Smith, Dave Robinson
    Pages 125-138
  11. Sue Turner, Anna Marriott, Beth Richards
    Pages 139-148
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 149-149

About this book


This textbook presents a practical guide for new and experienced health or social care staff, helping them promote the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities. Given the considerable demand for mandatory training on supporting people with learning disabilities, especially in England, the book provides a valuable resource for all training courses on working with people with learning disabilities.

The chapters are co-written by practitioners and people with learning disabilities and their families, rooting the book in the lived experiences of those concerned. Topics covered include core elements of being happy and healthy, communication, changes in our behaviour when we are unwell, making decisions about our health, accessing health services, how we would want to be treated if we were unwell, the use of psychotropic medication, what a ‘good death’ would be, and how to keep ourselves healthy. In addition, the chapters include narrative examples concerning people with learning disabilities and their families, so as to highlight key points and share best-practice examples. The use of personal reflection is used to consider how we can ensure that people with learning disabilities receive care and support that matches what we would expect for ourselves. Core questions at the end of each chapter ask the reader to reflect on how the chapter content relates to their own work and how they will apply what they have learned.

A consistent theme throughout the book is equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities to achieve good health. There is now substantial evidence that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, are more likely to have multiple health needs, and can experience difficulties in having their illnesses diagnosed and treated promptly. This book aims to help those supporting people with learning disabilities to achieve more equal outcomes.


Learning disabilities Intellectual disabilities Health Health inequalities Provision of care

Editors and affiliations

  • Pauline Heslop
    • 1
  • Crispin Hebron
    • 2
  1. 1.Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies School for Policy StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation TrustGloucesterUK

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