Supporting members with a learning disability within Slimming World groups
PHE ePoster Library. Bennett S. 09/12/17; 186621; 172
Dr. Sarah Bennett
Dr. Sarah Bennett
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Abstract IntroductionPeople with learning disabilities are often less able to access and respond to public health interventions. Slimming World (SW) aims to provide weight management support accessible to everyone and has been involved in research investigating ways to further develop support for people with a learning disability. Part of this included a survey of group leaders (Consultants) to investigate their experiences of supporting their members.MethodsSW hosted a qualitative questionnaire online for two weeks, exclusively aimed at Consultants who've had a member with a learning disability. The questionnaire asked about experiences including: challenges encountered, the role of a carer and need for Easy-Read resources.ResultsOf the 379 respondents, 97.6% had a member attend with a learning disability and almost half of those (49%) had a member attend with a carer.Reported challenges included the inability of some members to read or write, which impacted on their comprehension of the SW plan and completion of food diaries. Consultants also found difficulty in getting carers to engage and support their member as they often seemed 'disinterested or inconvenienced'.Consultants commonly used larger A4 size and audio versions of existing SW resources to support members but indicated a need for more tailored visual and Easy-Read resources.ConclusionSW are using the findings to develop Easy-Read resources for members with a learning disability, as well as written information to help support and reassure Consultants, alongside information for carers. These will be piloted to assess their acceptability before being rolled out nationally.
Abstract IntroductionPeople with learning disabilities are often less able to access and respond to public health interventions. Slimming World (SW) aims to provide weight management support accessible to everyone and has been involved in research investigating ways to further develop support for people with a learning disability. Part of this included a survey of group leaders (Consultants) to investigate their experiences of supporting their members.MethodsSW hosted a qualitative questionnaire online for two weeks, exclusively aimed at Consultants who've had a member with a learning disability. The questionnaire asked about experiences including: challenges encountered, the role of a carer and need for Easy-Read resources.ResultsOf the 379 respondents, 97.6% had a member attend with a learning disability and almost half of those (49%) had a member attend with a carer.Reported challenges included the inability of some members to read or write, which impacted on their comprehension of the SW plan and completion of food diaries. Consultants also found difficulty in getting carers to engage and support their member as they often seemed 'disinterested or inconvenienced'.Consultants commonly used larger A4 size and audio versions of existing SW resources to support members but indicated a need for more tailored visual and Easy-Read resources.ConclusionSW are using the findings to develop Easy-Read resources for members with a learning disability, as well as written information to help support and reassure Consultants, alongside information for carers. These will be piloted to assess their acceptability before being rolled out nationally.
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