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Nurse using a Clinical Frailty Scale

COVID-19: guidance on when to admit patients to critical care

NICE advises on assessing for frailty and including patients and carers in decision-making

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Mental health support for nurses

COVID-19: struggling nurses need psychological support, says charity

Suicide prevention charity calls for dedicated helpline for healthcare staff

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Home visit in PPE

COVID-19: home care providers resort to crowdfunding to buy PPE for staff

Nurses in all settings still waiting on personal protective equipment, says RCN

Picture of nurse with DNACPR form

Nursing and Midwifery Council clarifies its position on nurses who do not start CPR

NMC has reiterated its support for current guidance following recent FtP cases

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Ruth May

COVID-19: England’s chief nurse condemns violence and verbal abuse towards nurses

‘Respect and listen to NHS staff’ during pandemic, urges Ruth May

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Picture of a cyclist with a food delivery. Restaurant chains, cab and bus firms are rallying to support NHS staff during the pandemic

COVID-19: NHS staff offered thousands of free meals and cab rides

Restaurant, food delivery and cab firms rally to support front-line workers during pandemic

Evidence and Practice

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to discuss death and bereavement

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to discuss death and bereavement

This article describes a public engagement project on bereavement

Investigating accessible information formats with people who have learning disabilities

Investigating accessible information formats with people who have learning disabilities

Why you should read this article: • To understand the issues that some people with learning...

Using cognitive behavioural therapy in individuals with intellectual disability

Using cognitive behavioural therapy in individuals with intellectual disability

Why you should read this article • To familiarise yourself with the principles underpinning...

Transforming Care: supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to move out of long-stay hospitals

Supporting people with learning disabilities to move out of long-stay hospitals

Transforming care: negotiating the complex discharge process

Helicobacter pylori: nurses’ perceptions of diagnosis and treatment in adults

Helicobacter pylori: nurses’ perceptions of diagnosis and treatment in adults

Why you should read this article • To understand how people with a learning disability may...

An alternative admission process for patients with an autism spectrum disorder and/or an intellectual disability

Alternative admission process for patients with an ASD and/or an intellectual disability

People’s experiences can be improved by ensuring a smooth transition to inpatient care

Features

Picture shows TV presenter Carrie Grant with her family (L-R): Talia, Imogen, Carrie, Nathan, David, Olive. She wants better autism training and awareness, and says nurses can help through ‘collaboration, community and curiosity’

Hollyoaks' staff have more training in autism awareness than some health...

TV star Carrie Grant says nurses can help through ‘collaboration, community and curiosity’

Picture shows a couple with learning disabilities smiling at the camera. Dating agencies for people with learning disabilities aim to help them find not only romance but also friendships that can reduce social isolation.

Dating agencies: a chance to find romance for people with learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses might be asked to help a service user looking for love and companionship to apply to a dating agency

PBS Festival 2019 encourages positive approach to behaviour that challenges

Event attracted practitioners and people with learning disabilities and their families

Forced marriage

Is your client at risk of forced marriage?

How nurses can help people with learning disabilities who are at risk of forced marriage

Irene-Tuffrey-Wijne

Personalised end of life care for people with learning disabilities is the gold standard

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne advocates service-user involvement in decisions that affect them

Alice Waddington, Emily Hesketh and Eve Kavanagh

Ensuring everyone has a voice: a communication tool for non-verbal patients

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource

Opinion

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Image shows learning disability servicer user sneezing in to a tissue

COVID-19: advice is available for you and your client

Global pandemic means that learning disability nursing ‘reset’ may have to wait

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

Picture of Niamh Donohoe with her son Jay. A setback on a day out with her son led her to inspire a local business to make changes that will help other children with disabilities.

Speak out and be a catalyst for change for children with learning disabilities

A mother inspired a company to make changes that will help children with disabilities

Students

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

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

meds killiard

A fresh take on medicines management for patients with a learning disability

Mental health nursing student Kirsty Killiard implemented a system for monitoring the use of ‘as required’ medication for patients on a forensic learning disability ward, earning her a place as a finalist in the RCNi Nurse Awards.

Careers

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

We saw first-hand how learning disability nurses helped our son

After witnessing their son’s care, a couple have decided to become learning disability nurses

Penelope Clark

‘Taking on a lone position has been a challenge. I love it’

Award-winning Penelope Clark moved her family 800 miles to take up a post as the only community liaison nurse for learning disabilities and autism on the remote Shetland Islands

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