Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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  Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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So you want to be a Health Promotion Officer

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health. Health promotion recognises that everything that affects a person’s everyday living has an impact on their health and well-being; this in turn affects people’s quality of life.

There are many different approaches which can be utilised in health promotion, these are; medical or preventative, behaviour change, educational, empowerment and social change. These different approaches are all utilised in order to help prevent disease, to assist in assuring that people are well informed and able to make health choices, to aid people in developing their skills and confidence to take a greater control of their health, and to assist others in the change of policies and environment in order to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices.

Health promotion can be performed in all kinds of settings, and aims to include all different population groups with an overall goal to assist in the reduction of health inequalities.

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