Nurses and other healthcare staff are set to be given new training on how to better support people with learning disabilities in a bid to prevent more lives being “tragically cut short”, under latest government proposals.
Critical shortages of learning disabilities nurses could lead to more vulnerable patients being sent to Victorian style institutions away from their loved ones, a union has warned.
Learning disability nursing students who qualified for a bursary have admitted they may not have embarked on their studies if the funding was not available.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than other women to have an autistic child, according to an analysis of NHS data carried out by Cambridge University.
The NHS in England is facing up to a 35% shortfall in learning disability nurses by 2020 unless action is taken to address the current education and recruitment “crisis”, according to an official analysis.
A specialist nurse who works in Norfolk and Suffolk has been named as the best learning disability nurse in England at a charity awards ceremony.
Trusts must have plans to tackle a shortage of staff specialising in supporting people with learning difficulties, the NHS regulator for England has said.
Groups representing mental health, learning disability and district nurses have cautiously welcomed the announcement of grants for postgraduates but have asked the government for more details.
Postgraduates choosing to study areas of nursing with the worst recruitment difficulties will be offered “golden hellos” worth £10,000, in a move designed to mitigate losing the bursary.
Almost half of universities with pre-registration learning disability nursing courses have discussed terminating their programmes next year due to student recruitment difficulties, a new survey has indicated.
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.
An investigation into the deaths of people with learning disabilities has revealed they were “less likely” to have mistakes in their care “picked up”.
Thanks to the initiative of a nurse in Essex, activity boxes are being distributed to nearly all wards and departments at Colchester General Hospital to help prevent patients becoming bored.
A charity is set to launch a guide to help parents and cares deal with the “huge challenge” of continence issues among children with learning disabilities and long-term physical conditions.
Problems attracting people into learning disability nursing training have “come to a head” and there is now a risk there will be an insufficient number of new nurses working in this field in the future, the national workforce body has said.
Home care workers are “too rushed” to help vulnerable and disabled people wash, eat or visit the toilet, according to a new report by the trade union Unison.
Nurses have a pivotal role in transforming services for people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities, according to England’s chief nursing officer.
A nursing lecturer from the University of South Wales experienced Cambodia’s healthcare system first hand in July, describing it as “like nothing she had ever experienced before”.
Welsh hospitals are to introduce a safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome for pregnant women, the Welsh government announced today.
The safety of nurses working in prisons is being put at risk, because they have become “dangerous, overcrowded warehouses”, the Royal College of Nursing has claimed.
GP practices will potentially be paid to keep a register of their patients who have an autistic spectrum disorder, under new advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence aimed at improving quality of care.
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Marie Curie has launched a series of easy-read booklets to help people with a learning difficulty to discuss concerns about death and dying, and to better understand end of life care.
Siobhan Rogan from Omagh was celebrating last night, after being named the Royal College of Nursing’s Northern Ireland nurse of the year for 2017.
Suicide rates among people with autism in England have reached “worryingly” high levels, according to researchers.
Lack of training and cuts in the number of learning disability nurses mean health services are struggling to provide vital support to children with autism and their families, say nurse campaigners.
Learning disability nursing students from Teeside University have given their seal of approval to a new sensory room at Middlesbrough Football Club designed to ensure all families can enjoy watching the game.
A major trust dogged by performance and financial problems for more than a decade has moved out of special measures, with regulators commending the hard work of staff and visibility of managers.
New guidance has been published to ensure people with mental health problems get “help not harm” when police are summoned by healthcare professionals to deal with violent incidents.
Ministers have pledged that the student nurse bursary will be “protected” in Scotland, while also announcing an expansion in course places and financial support for students with children.
Future shortages of learning disability nurses that could lead to a “serious deficit of skills” in the workplace have been predicted in draft national guidance, which sets out recommendations for sustaining safe staffing levels.