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Training and developing staff in general hospitals: intellectual disability liaison nurses and the RAID model

Nick Walsh (Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, based at East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)
Tricia Handley (Intellectual Disability Liaison Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK)
Ian Hall (Consultant Psychiatrist, based at East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 28 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the serious problems that people with intellectual disability face in getting their healthcare needs met in general hospitals by improving the training of general hospital staff.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of recent developments in models of service provision including the development of intellectual disability liaison nurses and the RAID model in liaison psychiatry.

Findings

There is much scope for intellectual disability liaison nurses and liaison psychiatry services to work together in staff training in general hospitals. There is a clear strategic role for both services in convincing the management of general hospitals to implement such training using economic and quality arguments.

Originality/value

The authors suggest a new model of working to improve the healthcare outcomes of people with intellectual disabilities through effective training of staff in general hospitals.

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Citation

Walsh, N., Handley, T. and Hall, I. (2014), "Training and developing staff in general hospitals: intellectual disability liaison nurses and the RAID model", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 8 No. 6, pp. 390-398. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-04-2014-0006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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