• Communication

      Astbury, Geoff; University of Chester (SAGE, 2008-03-17)
      This book chapter discusses how communication skills influence the quality of nursing care, and the nurse-patient relationship and collaboration between the members of the multi-discplinary and milti-agency team.
    • Cultural change in a learning disability secure service: The role of the ‘toggle’ group

      Astbury, Geoff; Lovell, Andy; Mason, Tom; Froom, Katy; University of Chester ; University of Chester ; University of Chester ; 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington (2011-04-01)
      This paper reports the findings of a study into the management of change within a learning disability service in transition from medium to low security status. The relationship between the service culture and resistance to change was a key consideration. A focus group approach was utilized with eight professionals from a range of disciplines meeting on six separate occasions, and the data was subsequently subject to thematic analysis. The study findings revealed markedly different perceptions of the response of the staff team to the implementation of change, with three groups adopting markedly different identities and allegiances. A dynamic group, embracing change and showing initiative, a strategically resistant group, and a third group, the ‘toggle’, swaying towards one of the other two groups according to changing circumstances. The paper concludes that the toggle group were extremely influential with regard to the implementation of change, and may be of significance in analysis of strategies of resistance.
    • Gaining employment: The experience of students at a further education college for individuals with learning disabilities

      Skellern, Joanne; Astbury, Geoff; University of Chester (Wiley, 2012-01-02)
      Employment is widely acknowledged as a key factor to social inclusion, but it is estimated that <7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid employment. It was the aim of the research study to critically examine the experience of gaining employment from the perspectives of students with learning disabilities, parents, education staff and employers. All participants were recruited from one collaborating UK organisation, a college offering further education for young people with learning disabilities. Twenty-three interviews were conducted. Analysis of the data identified three themes surrounding the perceived roles of: Protector, Rescuer and Worker. Recommendations are discussed to improve collaborative working between student, parent, education staff and employer to overcome some of the difficulties influencing employment rates and contribute to the empowerment and inclusion of people with learning disabilities in society.
    • Key concepts in learning disability

      Talbot, Pat; Astbury, Geoff; Mason, Tom; Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester (SAGE, 2010-02-15)
      This book offers an A-Z format which covers a wide variety of topics on learning disabilities.