We are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Standards of Practice for Physiotherapists working with Adults with a Learning Disability’.
They can be accessed in their own section of this website by clicking the link on the top menu. As well as the main document there is an executive summary for carers and an executive summary for professionals. There are also a number of toolkits and supporting documents that we hope will help physiotherapy services and clinicians to implement the standards into practice.
The standards of practice were developed in response to evidence and feedback that highlighted wide variations in the provision of specialist physiotherapy to adults with a learning disability across the UK. The standards aim to improve and standardise the delivery, development and commissioning of specialist physiotherapy to adults with a learning disability by:
- Providing a definition of the role of the specialist learning disability physiotherapist
- Providing best practice guidance that outlines and directs the essential roles of the specialist learning disability physiotherapist to improve the physiotherapy health outcomes for all adults with a learning disability.
- Supporting clinical reasoning and evidence based arguments in everyday clinical practice.
- Providing advice and evidence for specialist learning disability physiotherapists to influence service leads, managers and commissioners.
- Raising awareness of the role of the specialist learning disability physiotherapist to commissioners, service managers, the multidisciplinary team and mainstream health and Social Care.
The ACPPLD would like to thank everyone who supported and contributed to the development of the documents. We would also like to congratulate and offer our thanks to Sarah Bruce and David Standley, who have worked extremely hard over the last two years to carry out the research and create this resource. We are sure you will agree that it is a great achievement and will be very useful to all Learning Disability Physiotherapists.
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