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People with intellectual disabilities and forensic nursing 

People with intellectual disabilities and forensic nursing
People with intellectual disabilities and forensic nursing

Owen Barr

and Bob Gates

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date: 05 May 2021

In the UK, it has been suggested that as many as 7% of prisoners have an intelligence quotient (IQ) of less than 70, and a further 25% have an IQ of 70 to 79. The ‘Transforming Care’ programme of work (England) has highlighted that a number of people with intellectual disabilities are within inpatient beds in a range of settings who might be better placed elsewhere. Nurses for people with intellectual disabilities have a key role when working in forensic services, along with their colleagues who work either directly in prisons or as ‘in-reach practitioners’. Nurses can provide focused risk assessment management strategies in order to inform person-centred care and treatment approaches. They will need to understand the complexities of the forensic population of people with intellectual disabilities, the rights, and aspects of mental health legislation, along with the enormous number of agencies involved. This chapter supports this complex arena of practice with a detailed examination of the issues that nurses for people with intellectual disabilities will need to know.

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