Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Julie Birmingham

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Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Julie Birmingham

Community learning disability nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Julie has created a unique training group that helps parents of children with severe learning disabilities understand and manage challenging behaviour. Parents of children under 12 attend ten weekly sessions. These include videos and role playing, covering positive behavioural support strategies and material relevant for children on the autistic spectrum. Parents work on issues during the week, completing tasks at home. They receive a midweek checking in phone call. The course balances taught and peer-led problem solving, giving parents confidence in developing approaches to managing behaviour. They feel less isolated and are empowered to see themselves as experts, reducing feelings of helplessness.

Picture credit: John Houlihan

The Learning Disability Nursing Award is supported by Learning Disability Practice and sponsored by Cambian.



Cambian is one of the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services in learning disabilities, autism, mental health rehabilitation, education, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, impaired hearing and, more recently, childrens residential care, fostering and specialised services for children experiencing sexual trauma. Our passion focuses on positive outcomes for the individuals we provide support and services to. Our nurses are critical in their delivery of care and support to ensure these outcomes can be achieved resulting in the highest possible quality of life.