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Learning Disability Nursing

News, practice and discussion forums for learning disability nurses

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

Identifying parents with learning disabilities

Identifying parents with learning disabilities Subscription Required

Various tools can help to identify people with learning disabilities but more research is needed to find out how useful they are in identifying parents with learning disabilities

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Alternative Futures Group

Former nursing director to lead regional mental health charity

Karen Wilson has been appointed as the new managing director of the charity Alternative Futures Group, which is based in the North West.

Care Quality Commission

East Anglian mental health trust should be in 'special measures'

Regulators have said a mental health and learning disability trust should be placed in “special measures”, the support system for failing NHS organisations, after inspectors judged it to be “inadequate” and raised concerns about low staff morale.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

West Midlands nurse honoured for learning disabilities work

A nurse from Birmingham Children’s Hospital who has been recognised for her work in the South Asian community was honoured this week by academics.

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Calls for learning disability competency framework to strengthen training

Education leaders have called for a new competency framework to strengthen learning disability training for  all branches of student nurses, following concerns many staff working in health and social care settings have limited knowledge in this area.

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Welsh nurses will have legal duty to report safeguarding concerns

A legal obligation for health professionals to report any child or adult believed to be at risk of abuse or neglect will be implemented in Wales in 2016, ministers announced today.

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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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Following your heart is not always easy

Following your 'heart' is not always easy

The expression ‘follow your heart’ is overused and I feel it needs examining a little to emphasise it is not always a simple thing to do.

Connections in the autistic brain may be 'scrambled' in some way

People with autism have 'unique' brain patterns

“The brains of people diagnosed with autism are ‘uniquely synchronised’,” the Mail Online reports.

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