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Nurse Educ Today. 2009 Oct;29(7):770-4. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.03.003. Epub 2009 Apr 3.

Raising awareness of learning disability needs in acute sector care: a reflective account of a workshop from the guest facilitator perspective.

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Practice Development Nurse, Westminster Learning Disability Partnership, 2nd Floor, 215 Lisson Grove, London NW8 8LW, United Kingdom.


Nurse education has an essential role to play in reducing health inequality for people with learning disability [Michael, J., 2008. Healthcare for All: Report of the Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities. Aldridge Press, London]. Many nurse education providers will need to use guest facilitators in order to raise awareness of best practice in caring for this client group for non learning disability branch students and their experiences as nurse educators will be of growing interest. This article critically reflects on an educational session for pre-registration adult branch nursing students which used a variety of teaching methods to facilitate a reflective, student centred, experiential learning approach. Self assessment based on the change between two self rating scales was used to assess learning, the session itself was evaluated by students using a feedback form and through the formal assessment of teaching by a nurse tutor. This article critically evaluates the preparation, delivery and evaluation of the session, emphasising the perspective of the guest facilitator - a practicing community learning disability nurse. The conclusion reflects on key learning from the teaching experience.

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