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chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 11 Downing Street before heading to the Commons to deliver his budget

Unions label 1% nurse pay rise suggestion as 'insulting'

RCN accuses government of being 'dangerously out of touch' with nursing staff and public

Picture of Margaret Waine, a healthcare assistant at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who has died from COVID-19

Healthcare assistant who worked at the same trust for 40 years dies of COVID-19

Margaret Waine remembered as a caring colleague known for tucking her patients in at night

Image from RCN’s #FairPayForNurses social media campaign day

NHS pay: nurses in bid to pile pre-Budget pressure on Chancellor

Staff on AfC terms use social media campaign to demand inflation-busting deal

clinical team working in a pandemic situation requires innovative communication

NHS teamwork in the pandemic: how is it for you?

Study asks nurses how COVID-19 has affected the functioning of clinical teams

Picture shows nurses recruited from overseas working at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Rules relaxed on recruiting overseas nurses

RCN cautions that change risks damaging health and care systems of developing countries

Picture of FFP3 face masks with Fang Tian brand whose use has been suspended by the DHSC.

Some respirator masks issued to staff may not be safe, government warns

Healthcare providers told to stop using certain FFP3 respirator masks, pending checks

Evidence and Practice

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to get access to dental treatment

People with intellectual disabilities have poorer oral health than the general population

Signs and symptoms of sepsis: raising awareness in the learning disability community

Signs and symptoms of sepsis: raising awareness in the learning disability community

In sepsis, prompt diagnosis and immediate treatment are vital

Understanding and implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in people with learning disabilities

Understanding and implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in people with learning...

Why you should read this article: • To refresh your knowledge of the principles of the...

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Why you should read this article: • To outline how learning disability settings can prepare...

Open access
Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Why you should read this article: • To be aware that social inclusion for people with...

Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability

Exploring the Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire

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Nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemi

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Glove use and vaccinations: what the COVID-19 guidance says

There has been some confusion over whether gloves should be worn by vaccinators

COVID-19 vaccine consent and learning disabilities: implications and advice

Information on how to gain consent and support people to get vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination: your guide to consent

Managing this vital part of the roll-out, plus the process for those who lack capacity

How a son’s drawings for his mum turned into a valuable autism nursing resource

Leading learning disability nurse says My Mummy is Autistic has lessons for all nurses

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Opinion

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Nurse wearing a face mask – COVID-19 face coverings pose communication challenges for healthcare staff and people who are deaf or have dementia

Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

Epilepsy

Epilepsy and sudden unexpected death: what nurses need to know

How can you reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in epileptic people?

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

Students

Learning disability nursing: correcting those who ask ‘Is it real nursing?’

Student and NHS ambassador Helen Morgan is challenging misunderstandings about her field

Illustration of a stick man on some pens and paper. Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder which affects the way you memorise, process and organise information. Picture: iStock

When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers

We need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

Careers

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

team of nurses sitting talking, showing importance of debriefing

Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

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