Clinical placements

Identifying a common interest allowed me to engage with a young service user

Our shared love of gaming gave me an opportunity to offer person-centred care
Young obese man lies on the sofa playing computer games

Our shared love of gaming gave me an opportunity to offer person-centred care

During the first year of my degree in learning disability nursing, I had a six-week placement in a step-down facility. The residents had come from more secure hospital settings and were supported by staff at the unit to develop the skills they needed to live more independently in the community.

One of the residents I worked with was a young man in his twenties who had a moderate learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder. The resident, who I will call Ben, had had a difficult childhood and had spent time in a mental health secure hospital before coming to the unit. He had displayed episodes of violent and challenging behaviour in the past.

Learning disability linked to obesity risk

Ben’s annual health check identified he was

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