Raising awareness of autistic spectrum disorders for healthcare assistants

Hayes, Catherine, Alcorn, Lisa and Graham, Yitka (2018) Raising awareness of autistic spectrum disorders for healthcare assistants. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 12 (11). pp. 550-555. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2018.12.11.550


This article provides an insight for healthcare assistants (HCAs) who may have limited knowledge of the implications of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) for their everyday practice working with patients and their families and carers. The role of HCAs in this context is invaluable in providing compassion, support and much–needed reassurance in the different contexts within which healthcare is delivered. This article provides a basic overview of what the common presentations of ASD are and this is framed in an understanding of why a key consideration for patients living with the condition and their families and carers is where care is provided. Via raising awareness of how adaptations to HCA practice might best be made to facilitate high–quality care, the paper simultaneously raises the need for holistic management of a very vulnerable patient caseload. The article ends by facilitating HCAs in reflecting on their level of existing knowledge of autism and how they might better apply this in practice with patients living with the everyday challenges of ASD.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 2052-4420
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Catherine Hayes, Visiting Professor of Higher Education Pedagogic Practice, University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
SWORD Depositor: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 10:05
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 20:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4197
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