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Learning Disabilities

What is a learning disability?

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand or communicate. There are many different types of learning disability. They can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability do not need a lot of support in their lives. But other people may need support with all sorts of things, like getting dressed, going shopping, or filling out forms.

People who have a severe, or profound, learning disability and a physical disability may need a lot of support 24 hours a day.This is known as profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD).

Many people with a learning disability live independent lives. It is important to understand that people with a learning disability are individuals with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, goals and ambitions. A learning disability does not prevent someone from learning and achieving a lot in life, given the right support.

The frequency of complex health needs and behaviour that challenges occurring in people with a learning disability is higher than in the average population and increases in proportion with the severity of their disability.

Principles of Support
All people with a learning disability are people first with the right to lead their lives like any others, with the same opportunities and responsibilities, and to be treated with the same dignity and respect. They and their families and carers are entitled to the same aspirations and life chances as other citizens.

Rights
People with learning disabilities and their families have the same human rights as everyone else.

Independent living
This does not mean living on your own or having to do everything yourself. All disabled people should have greater choice and control over the support they need to go about their daily lives; greater access to housing, education, employment, leisure and transport opportunities and to participate in family and community life.

Control
This is about being involved in and in control of decisions made about your life.This is not usually doing exactly what you want, but is about having information and support to understand the different options and their implications and consequences, so people can make informed decisions about their own lives.

Inclusion
This means being able to participate in all the aspects of community, to work, learn, get about, meet people, be part of social networks and access goods and services, and to have the support to do so.

The Support provided through POTENS

– Person Centred & Outcome Focused Approach
Support is focused around the needs and wishes of each individual, working towards independence & enabling self direction through collaboration with family,carers and keyworkers in achievement of individual goals and aspirations.

– Health
Physical & mental health needs are continually assessed to ensure the best health & wellbeing for the people we support. As far as is practicably possible, Service Users are supported to manage their own healthcare needs through an individual health action plan.

– Risk Management
Positive risk management recognises and builds on an individual’s strengths through the development of personal support plans and risk assessments that support and encourage potential through reasonable risk taking.

– Behaviour that challenges & Potens Behaviour Support & Therapy Team
Potens BST team work closely with Potens services offering advice, guidance and training around any individuals with behaviour that challenges. All behaviour is a form of communication that tells us how the person we support is feeling or what they are thinking. The team support people to develop alternative ways to communicate their needs. The BST team are registered members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

– Involving the People we Support
Individuals are supported and encouraged to take the lead in their own lives. Involvement in Service User forums, newsletters and staff recruitment is promoted and staff will support access to local community activities and opportunities including employment.

– Staff Training & Development
Each service is led by a Service Manager who has relevant experience around people with learning disabilities. Mandatory and specialist staff training is developed around the needs of the people that are supported within that service.

– Regulations
Services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) or the Regulation & Quality Improvement Agency (RQIA) in Northern Ireland who carry out regular inspections to ensure we comply with their regulations and fulfil our service obligations as providers of good quality care.

– Quality Assurance & Monitoring
Quality Assurance forms a central part of determining the direction of services by encouraging Service Users, families, staff and relevant professionals to share their views, concerns, compliments and complaints to enable the service to continually improve.

Potens offers a range of services for people with learning disabilities, please see our Locations page for information about services in your area, or please contact us to find out more or to make a referral.

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