Wendy Johnson

Learning Disability Practice

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 improvement

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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

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

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

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Why we need a plan to shift individual blame culture

Will rethinking the concept of accountability shift the individual blame culture in the NHS?

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Doing simple things can improve care for people with learning disabilities

Talking to patients and those close to them, as well as checking health passports, can help to improve treatment

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Would you recommend your hospital to a friend?

The devil is in the detail – and especially relevant in patient feedback writes Wendy Johnson

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Planet Rachael: when is a service a good one and how can you tell?

Wendy Johnson wants to know how you tell the difference from good quality and bad quality care, and what it means to her daughter Rachael who has autism

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Planet Rachael: ensure inclusivity when embracing the new digital NHS

Wendy Johnson wants to know whether we should walk before we can run when it comes to new plans for a digital NHS, set out by Jeremy Hunt

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Planet Rachael: be more dog and live for now

Self-managing at work is a big task. But so are the demands of the job. Wendy Johnson tells you to be more dog and live life for now, instead of planning all the time.

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Planet Rachael: the pain of getting a tattoo

Wendy Johnson's daughter Rachael got her first tattoo following years of talk and no action. Here, she discusses who was in more pain – Rachael or herself.

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Planet Rachael: know when to keep it simple and unambiguous

The nuances and ambiguities of the English language can lead to misinterpretation, so don't end up with egg on your face after saying you have a frog in your throat.

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Planet Rachael: An open letter to prime minister Theresa May

The government’s benefits policy have been a disaster for one service user.

Some children with learning disabilities are living many miles from their families
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Planet Rachael: A long way from home

Children with disabilities are still being forced to travel unacceptable distances to receive the specialist care they deserve.

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Planet Rachael: the only way is up

Can 2017 really get any worse than 2016 for the NHS? Wendy Johnson explains why we should...

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Planet Rachael: How far have we come?

Wendy Johnson assesses how much has changed when managing discrimination against people with...

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Planet Rachael: Bugged out

Fly swats at the ready: why it’s important to avoid brushing fears aside.

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Planet Rachael: paralympic parity in the Games

Author and matron Wendy Johnson muses on the divide between the Paralympic and Olympic Games.

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Planet Rachael: Be grateful for what you’ve got

People with autism cannot always show subtle emotions, explains Wendy Johnson

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