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Title: Understanding the role of care staff in supporting individuals with an intellectual disability who take psychotropic medication
Author: Wrein, D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 1061
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2019
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Intellectual disability services are under constant change with Transforming Care being the latest UK policy aimed to improve services. The STOMP agenda forms part of this, as a call to action against the overmedication of people with intellectual disabilities. Recent service policy has come about following exposés of scandals where support workers have been found to be abusing the people they are paid to support. Despite these findings and the intimate role support workers have with people with intellectual disability, there is a paucity of research to understand this unique role. In response, this study aimed to develop a model that could conceptualise the role of support workers in caring for people with intellectual disability that take psychotropic medication. Constructivist grounded theory from a pragmatist position, which complements the research aim and questions of this study was carried out. The "negotiating dis/ability" model was constructed using interview data from support workers who had experience of working with people with intellectual disability who take psychotropic medication. "Disablement" and "ablement" were dominant processes for support workers negotiating a (medication) role in their relationships with others in the system. Support worker's "dis/ablement" was constructed of a broader ableism that permeates throughout intellectual disability services. This study demonstrated how current interventions "disable" others through individualising problems within the support worker as well as the person with intellectual disability; taking a radical systemic approach may help to counter these narratives and lead to better outcomes, including more successful medication reductions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral