Learning disability student nurse editor
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.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
“Hospital admissions for dog bites are three times as high in the most deprived areas of England as in the least,” BBC News reports.
A record number of requests have been made by hospitals and care homes to deprive people of their liberty, figures show.
Mental Capacity Act
Gaining ethical approval is a key part of being able to undertake research but can be complex. Understanding the process will help you to submit a successful application
Patients sometimes make choices that may harm their health. Should practitioners be able to override these choices if they are acting in the patient’s benefit?
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
Learning to use the toilet can be challenging for some children with autism. Nurses have an important role in supporting children and their families
People with learning disabilities are often victims of sexual abuse. Nurses need to assess their ability to consent and help them understand the consequences of sexual contact
Breast and cervical screening can be a daunting, traumatic and often confusing process for women with learning disabilities.
A weekly exercise group for people with learning disabilities was developed to promote fitness and healthy eating. Two community nurses explain how
People with learning disabilities have a high risk of obesity and cardiovascular morbidity. Multidisciplinary working is vital to identify potential problems early
Amended coeliac disease guidelines mean some symptomatic children can now be diagnosed without having to have a biopsy of their small bowel.
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.
People with a learning disability or a mental health label are not treated in a respectful manner, says Terry Bryan
This article explores the issue of communication between health professionals and patients with cancer from different cultures, and the limitations in using professional or family interpreters.