People with profound and multiple learning disabilities are often unable to talk to the staff who help to care for them. They rely on non-verbal communication behaviours to communicate, for example
- • Facial expressions.
- • Gestures.
- • Eye contact.
This raises particular challenges for those staff, who include nurses with learning disability nurses. This paper outlines those challenges. They include challenges raised by
- • Person centred planning.
- • The mental capacity act.
- • The need to provide evidence for practice.
This paper goes on to suggest ways in which staff can meet these challenges, including the use of skills based on intuition and the use of reflective practice. This paper will help professional staff move towards understanding the NVC of people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities.