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EXTRA: Interview with Helen Laverty – Implementing the ASPIRE framework

Helen Laverty explains how she used the HELM ASPIRE process to help her deliver the SHOULD project.
My name’s Helen Laverty and I’m the professional lead for learning disability Nursing at the University of Nottingham and i’m also the facilitator for the positive network which is a five nations network bringing together the student nurses all who are studying for qualification and learning disability nursing. Our RLO project was called the SHOULD project SHOULD standing for Supporting Health Occupations Understanding of Learning Disabilities It started off as a competition that we ran through the national network of learning disability nursing . Asking students to put together their ideas for small bitesize pieces of information that needed to be fed to other health occupations.
As a result, we were able to bring together 42 students from seven different universities across the five nations to create a suite of RLOS that actually impact dramatically on the lives of people who have a learning disability the aim was to ensure that individuals who interacted with these RLOs saw the person first and embrace our ethos of together we’re better.
At the start of the process we embraced the philosophy of ASPIRE so the aim was as i’ve previously said, to ensure people with a learning disability got what you and I took for granted by giving the aim to the students then we were able to have a more grassroots approach We brought the 42 students together for their storyboard exercise and were absolutely blown away not only with the passion that they had but the creative ideas the population that we then focused on needed to be broader initially with an idea just for acute hospital services but I’ve storyboard that had impact into the hospitality industry into retail industry to midwifery and perhaps more importantly a lot of parents have engaged and used our RLOs to support their sons or daughters whether they be children or adults integration into mainstream communities in terms of implementation we were able to use the positive choices network as a springboard for that and of course the amazing support we got from the HELM team here at University of Nottingham in terms of actually releasing it into that to the to the ether every university in the country was able to access the RLOs and they’re integrated into their programs the evaluation data stands for itself in terms of looking at the usage one of the things that intrigued us the most was one of the smallest RLOs that we created which is called hello my name is Tom which is about a young man explaining to you what it’s like for him to live on the autistic spectrum has had such a great impact internationally that there’s room for us to develop that further
This week, we caught up with Helen to ask her how she used ASPIRE with her SHOULD project.
Helen Laverty is the Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing at the University of Nottingham and Facilitator of the Positive Choices Network.
In this video, she describes how her project Supporting Health Occupations’ Understanding of Learning Disabilities (SHOULD) was implemented using the ASPIRE framework with HELM to create a suite of RLOs that impact onto the lives of those who have a learning disability. These RLOs put the person at the centre, and embody her ethos of ‘together we are better’.
Learning Disability RLOs developed with Helen and her team
Below is a selection of RLOs and other resources that Helen has developed with her wide group of stakeholders.
My Name is Tom
Our Child
Going to School
My House My Rights
Baby First
Little things make a big difference
This is Steve
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