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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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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.

More mental health nurses to be based at police stations

Another 13 trial schemes are to be launched next April in which mental health professionals will be placed in police stations and courts, according to NHS England. 

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Report calls for shake-up of care for patients with learning disabilities

An independent report has demanded action on care for patients with learning disabilities, in the wake of the abuse found at the Winterbourne View home.

Nurse-led initiative aims to support newly-qualifieds

A trust in East Anglia is set to launch a “nursing academy” for newly-qualified nurses, in a bid to retain and recruit staff.

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Lack of learning disability nurses in hospitals 'puts patients at risk'

Nearly half of NHS hospitals in England do not have a learning disability liaison nurse in place, according to research by a charity, which has warned the shortage is putting patients’ lives at risk.

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Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: improving services

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

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The big question: do you feel equipped to care for people with learning disabilities?

The big question: do you feel equipped to care for people with learning disabilities?

Recent research by Mencap has found nearly half of NHS hospitals in England do not have a learning disability liaison nurse in place.

Details of autism genes uncovered in global study

Details of autism genes uncovered in global study

“A massive international study has started to unpick the ‘fine details’ of why some people develop autism,” BBC News reports.

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