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Learning Disability Nursing

News, practice and discussion forums for learning disability nurses

The Mental Capacity Act provides a two-stage diagnostic and functional test

Improving the efficacy of the Mental Capacity Act Subscription Required

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not achieving all its original objectives. This article examines the barriers and how these can be overcome.

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Childhood coeliac disease: diagnostic pathways update Subscription Required

Amended coeliac disease guidelines mean some symptomatic children can now be diagnosed without having to have a biopsy of their small bowel.

How the social model of disability evolved

How the social model of disability evolved Subscription Required

The social model of disability challenges the view of disability as an individual problem, and awareness of it can advance nursing practice

Premature death in people with learning disabilities

Premature death in people with learning disabilities

A confidential inquiry found that people with learning disabilities were three times more likely than the general population to die from causes that could have been prevented by high-quality healthcare

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Addressing continence in children with disabilities

Addressing continence in children with disabilities Subscription Required

Bladder and bowel problems are common in children with learning disabilities, and often attributed to the disability itself. However, many of these problems are treatable


Bowel screening project improves learning disability patient referrals

Low bowel cancer screening rates among people with learning disabilities are being tackled by a new programme in Wigan, which aims to improve awareness about the condition.

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Progress 'too slow' in learning disability care transformation

NHS England has been too slow to act in its closure of inpatient wards for people with learning disabilities, while failing to ensure the necessary replacement community support is in place, according to charities.

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Cuts put learning disability patients at risk, warn nurses  

Learning disability nurses fear for the safety of their patients because of cuts to services, reveals a new survey by the Royal College of Nursing.

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University of South Wales

Student nurse develops learning disability innovation

A nursing student from Wales has won an award for devising an innovative resource to help involve people with learning disabilities in key decisions about their care.

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RCN members oppose covert filming in care homes

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to oppose the use of covert video and audio surveillance in care homes.

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Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: improving services

Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: improving services Subscription Required

This Social Care Institute for Excellence film looks at how services can be improved for people with behaviours that challenge. Archive

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No such thing as baby brain, study argues

No such thing as baby brain, study argues

“‘Baby brain’ is a stereotype and all in the mind, the Mail Online reports.


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