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Learning Disability Nursing

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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

Toileting problems in children with autism

Toileting problems in children with autism Subscription Required

Learning to use the toilet can be challenging for some children with autism. Nurses have an important role in supporting children and their families

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Learning disability ward closures to begin in two regions

Widespread plans to close inpatient facilities for people with learning disabilities will be implemented in the Midlands and East, and North regions of England in the coming months before being rolled out to other parts of the country, according to NHS England board papers.

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Care UK offloads learning disabilities division

Private provider Care UK has sold its learning disabilities services to Lifeways, an independent provider of specialist care.

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More nurses to offer mental health support in police custody

A scheme that sees mental health nurses work alongside police officers to support people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities while in police custody or court has been expanded to cover around half of England’s population.

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Bradford District Care Trust

Staff celebrate as Bradford care trust achieves foundation status

A community and mental health provider in Yorkshire has become the latest NHS organisation to be granted foundation trust status.

Student video promotes understanding between nurses and patients

Student video promotes understanding between nurses and patients

A group of nursing students have made a video to promote collaboration between nurses and patients, and emphasise that clinicians are “human too”.

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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.

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'Context is everything when considering our patients'

'Context is everything when considering our patients'

This piece is written in the hope that those who read it realise that a person’s level of ability is not a stable measure but rather varies drastically in different environments. We must consider the context when we assess, plan and deliver care.

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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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