Gaps in services are now appearing due to learning disabilities nursing workforce shortages while the pipeline of new nurses coming into the specialty is also at significant risk, sparking calls for a national campaign specifically focused on it to boost numbers.
An NHS England review of deaths of patients with learning disabilities has revealed that 13% of cases involved serious problems with care, such as treatment delays or abuse.
London South Bank University has launched a consultation about whether to close its learning disability nursing programmes permanently following a drop in applications since student bursaries were removed in England.
Nurses and other health professionals are being urged to sign a national pledge to prevent the over-medication of people with autism and learning disabilities.
Nurses with disabilities regularly face discrimination in the NHS, despite ongoing efforts to boost equality, an investigation by Nursing Times has found.
New tests that focus on damage to proteins in blood plasma could indicate autism in children, according to UK researchers, who say their breakthrough could lead to earlier diagnosis.
Non-specialist nurses need more training in caring for patients with learning disabilities in order to end the “scandal” of avoidable deaths, a charity has claimed in a new report, which also said two-thirds of health professionals wanted more training in the area.
A nurse, health visitor and senior manager with more than 25 years’ experience has been appointed as the new director of nursing and professions at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Learning disability and mental health nursing will both require significant boosts to the workforce, as part of plans to create tens of thousands of additional clinical posts in the next 10 years, the head of the national workforce body has told Nursing Times.
Serious concerns about the future of learning disability nursing programmes in England have been raised, as reports have emerged of some universities filling less than half of their course places this year.