A new website, offering practical tips on supporting people with learning disabilities, is proving popular with healthcare providers for its hands-on approach.
www.Netbuddy.org.uk provides solutions to issues many learning disability nurses will recognise, such as: how to administer medicines comfortably, how to manage constipation, how to communicate with someone who is non-verbal and how to cope with challenging behaviour.
All the tips are contributed by people with first-hand experience of learning disability.
Netbuddy co-founder Deborah Gundle said: “Netbuddy appeals to healthcare professionals because the advice is very practical, and it comes directly from people with everyday experience of learning disability. It’s a goldmine of useful information from people who really know what they’re talking about.
Since www.Netbuddy.org.uk launched in September 2010, the site has had thousands of hits from parents, carers and healthcare providers - either picking up ideas or contributing tips.
“Parents immediately recognised how useful Netbuddy could be and started using it straight away,” said Deborah. “Now we are getting more healthcare professionals to the site, which is fantastic. We particularly want to hear from learning disability nurses, as they will have lots of useful ideas to pass on.
“We really believe that Netbuddy can make a huge difference in providing excellent quality of care for people with learning disabilities.”
Here are some of the comments healthcare professionals have made about Netbuddy:
“Tapping into parent/carer hands-on experience is immensely valuable. Nobody really knows how to cope with the day to day nitty gritty unless they’ve experienced it personally.”
“I work for the paediatric occupational therapy service at Solihull Care Trust. My colleagues and I have discovered your website and we love it!”
“I love the tips on teeth cleaning, which can be so problematic for parents and paid carers. I’ve printed out information from Netbuddy and ordered samples of recommended items to show people on visits.”
Nursingtimes.net is partnering with Netbuddy to update nurses with the latest helpful tips on caring for people with learning disabilities. Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing tips on nursingtimes.net and encouraging you to share your ideas on www.Netbuddy.org.uk.
For more on learning disability nursing, see www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-specialisms/learning-disability