Learning disability student nurse editor
Why is it that all the positive changes and developments happening within the nursing profession are overlooked, while negative headlines take centre-stage?
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
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?
A patient is asking to have a healthy leg amputated as he feels it is not part of his body. Should such requests ever be granted? And, if so, in what circumstances?
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
The social model of disability challenges the view of disability as an individual problem, and awareness of it can advance nursing practice
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.
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.