Daniel Allen

Learning Disability Practice

Criminal injustice

‘If you’re someone like me, they treat you like a piece of dirt. My dad is not an MP, my mum isn’t clever. I’m just a nobody and people can do what they like.’

Learning Disability Practice

First, faltering steps to reform

The end of the beginning, perhaps? No one ever pretended that reforming England’s system of care and support could be achieved overnight, but this month marks the end of an early, significant stage.

Learning Disability Practice

Staying alive

Seventy six per cent in favour is a big majority. There are caveats, but it seems that the learning disability branch programme of nurse education has overwhelming support.

Learning Disability Practice

Off limits

Lauren was 24 when the sexual abuse began. She has mild to moderate learning disabilities but lives independently, with support. The carer who abused her gradually turned her against her other carers and began calling himself her boyfriend. Lauren became pregnant and subsequently had a child. The carer was eventually prosecuted.

Learning Disability Practice

The Cornwall scandal:

It would not be unreasonable to expect that such practices were confined to the history books. After all, in no other area of health care would these abuses be found. While other patients and clients are offered the best that the 21st century can offer, people with learning disabilities, in some places at least, continue to be subjected to the sorts of ill-treatment that would make a Victorian asylum-keeper blush with shame.

Learning Disability Practice

To boldly go...

What connects Chesterfield Foot-ball Supporters’ Society, Bulky Bob’s waste collection service in Liverpool and the Shetland Soap Company? The answer is that they are all social enterprises, and they may soon be joined by an NHS learning disability trust, which is planning to shed its current organisational shape and adopt a new form.

Learning Disability Practice

Having a say

people with learning disabilities have not, historically, been treated well by the NHS. So says the government’s White Paper on health care outside hospital, published earlier this year. Campaign groups would agree. The obvious question, then, is whether Our Health, Our Care, Our Say will change anything.

Learning Disability Practice

Opportunity knocks?

In December 2003, the prime minister’s strategy unit, which helps government departments to analyse major policy issues, launched a project to look at ways of improving the life chances of disabled people. Its aim was to assess the opportunities available to those with disabilities and how those opportunities might be improved.

Nursing Standard

Community education and practice

A 'positive blueprint for change' is how the United Kingdom Central Council described its report on the future of community nurse education and practice (1). The consultation period ends on February 1 1992 and by then a range of interested bodies, from community psychiatric nurses’ to school nurses’ to consumer organisations, will have read, digested and discussed its contents. But with care in the community set to expand, the report has implications beyond those already working there. So what are the issues, and how does the UKCC intend to resolve them?