Using theatre to increase understanding of learning disabilities

James Wade, Toby Brandon, Janice MacKnight, Claire Hills-Wilson , Debbie Beeks

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People with learning disabilities often receive poorer healthcare services than the general population; to improve this, changes need to be made to the undergraduate health education. Northumbria University and Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company have codeveloped a creative health-awareness training (CHAT) project, in which actors with learning disabilities run a workshop for student nurses. In character, the actors portray patients with various needs, first in a theatre piece and then in an interactive session with the students. This is followed by a debrief. Students’ feedback demonstrates that the workshop improves their confidence and skills in supporting people with learning disabilities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-49
Number of pages3
JournalNursing Times
Issue number11
Early online date19 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2020


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