Wendy Johnson

Non-verbal communication: why it’s important to show service users that you’re listening

Being held, heard and shown you matter is key for treating vulnerable patients

Why our role in safeguarding the vulnerable is more important than ever

Asking the right questions gives service users more chances to admit they are at risk

Collaboration and preparation will be key to the success of Liberty Protection...

Learning disability nurses should be aware of changes being implemented in spring 2022

Bias

Why is there such bias in healthcare against people with learning disabilities?

The government’s own research on COVID-19 deaths reveals a shocking statistic

Illustration of a young woman with learning disabilities who is needle-phobic and afraid of being vaccinated

COVID-19 and needle phobia: ensuring service users are vaccinated

Trust and consent are key to supporting people to have the vaccine safely

Planet Rachael: all at sea during COVID-19 – anyone got a bilge pump?

Rachael’s isolation at the start of COVID-19 didn’t seem anything new but things have changed

Two salesmen on a train

Planet Rachael: the danger of making assumptions

In the ‘new normal’, we must not assume that virtual consultations are accessible to all

Ethan Saylor

Planet Rachael: we must unite to protect the lives of people with learning disabilities

Black Lives Matter has shown how powerful a social movement for change can be

Free
Image of a young woman looking out of the window while in isolation

Planet Rachael: what’s new about our COVID-19 world?

Wendy Johnson observes that being in isolation is all too familiar to a neuroatypical person

Picture of a Cadbury Curly Wurly bar. Wendy Johnson says a long wait in an emergency department underlined the wisdom of telling people the true situation at the outset.

Planet Rachael: why the Curly Wurly theory could extend to managing ED expectations

A long wait in a hospital shows it’s wise to disclose the true situation at the outset

Happy LD nurses

Planet Rachael: could this be the year of the ‘lovely’ nurse?

Staff attitudes and behaviour fail to meet expectations but are easy to fix

Planet Rachael: schools need training to support pupils on the autistic spectrum

Ignorance could damage our children, says Wendy Johnson

Planet Rachael: Our changing world needs to be all-inclusive

People with learning disabilities should also benefit from digital advances

Planet Rachael: Time to debunk assumptions about learning disability and sexual health

Healthcare professionals should provide good quality care for all servicer users

Planet Rachael: Food for thought over learning life skills

Wendy Johnson finds joy in Rachael’s efforts at cooking, despite her choice of recipes

Planet Rachael: Learning disability and autism improvement standards are a game changer

A new year’s email gave Wendy Johnson the chance to celebrate a breakthrough in quality...

Planet Rachael: When lack of knowledge leads to exclusion from mental health support

Wendy Johnson describes the frustration of trying to obtain mental health support

Planet Rachael: making reasonable adjustments to ensure our holiday is all plane...

Getting on a flight with a child who has autism can be challenging

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