Research, Learning Disability And Occupational Therapy
Research is becoming an important element in our practise and our service is committed to gather research based evidence in order to ensure the person with a learning disability receives an up to date and relevant service. Research opportunities in our service can be divided into various categories. Research in Occupational Therapy Approaches for:(a) (b) (c) (a) 1. National i.e. research for national publication Regional i.e. research collated for S.W. region groups Local i.e. research for use with planning local services NATIONAL RESEARCH Currently our service has been involved in research using 2 single case analysis studies monitoring the effects of Sensory Integration with people with severe learning disabilities. Ref: Clinical incidence of Sensory Integration difficulties in adults with Learning Disabilities and illustration of management - Dido et al (2003) BJOT Vol Oct 2. A further study has been completed on the use of computer technology with a person with a profound learning disability and multiple impairments. It is in the process of being written up ready for submission to the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Ref: The Use of Content Free (Multi Media) software with a person with a Profound Learning Disability and Multiple Impairments (b) REGIONAL RESEARCH
Our service is committed to liaising with other OTs working with people with learning disabilities. We attend the South West Special Interest Group, (OTPLD), on a regular basis. We are currently gathering information i.e. evidence based practise, literature reviews and Occupational Therapy Approaches on Dementia and people with a learning disability. This enables us to standardise and promote best practice in addition to providing support to each other. (c) LOCAL RESEARCH
Our local Occupational Therapy service is interested in evaluating Occupational Therapy practise and to this end we have carried out a variety of clinical audits in Continuing Professional Developments and in conjunction with other professional/staff completed and audit of service users experiences of professionals.
We are also involved in two-monthly literature review sessions, which enables our team to look at evidence based practise and feedback up to date approaches to our team. Areas we have covered include; Autism, Relaxation Training, group work, friendships, employment, computers, social skills training etc. Research is an evolving part of our role and we are supported through the Devon NHS Partnership Trust by our local Research and Development Unit. Grants have been obtained to fund research and support is offered to us in the writing up of research projects for publication. We also have close liaison with Plymouth University via research and MSc students from our service. Research and developing evidence base practice is very much part of our continuing professional development.