Wendy Johnson

Cawston Park hospital in Norfolk, which was closed following an inspection after the death of Ben King (inset): why do too many health professionals assume people with learning disabilities matter less and how can we overcome such discrimination?

Learning disabilities: are your choices at work always right?

Why do many health professionals accept poor care and how to overcome such discrimination

Nothing will change until service users’ health needs are met

Despite the LeDeR continually highlighting health inequalities demonstrable change is slow

Why it is about time that records of any ‘use of force' are kept

All settings must have policies on avoiding restraint, seclusion and restrictive practices

Have your say on the new Liberty Protection Safeguards Code of Practice

Nurses have until 7 July to contribute to the consultation on proposed changes in England

Reasonable adjustments: can we do more for potential employees with autism?

Nurses could be used as a resource to fill the gap for direct workplace support

Why learning disability nurses need to be service leaders

Specialist nurses need to lead for real and lasting change to be realised

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


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

Planet Rachael: the danger of making assumptions

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

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

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

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

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