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Andrea Sutcliffe

Adult social care nursing: NMC chief champions ‘disregarded and undermined’ staff

Andrea Sutcliffe says they display a high level of knowledge, skills and competence

student tends to a teenage inpatient at the bedside

Children’s and learning disability nursing in Wales: no extra university places planned

Failure to expand fields’ student cohorts at odds with government’s NHS vision, says RCN

All NHS nurses in England will have mandatory training in caring for people with learning disabilities and autism

Mandatory training in learning disabilities and autism for all NHS nurses

Campaigners say £1.4m package for England is ‘first step in addressing care inequalities’

Two of the Nike shoes for nurses

Nike launches a range of shoes to support nurses during long shifts

Testing by healthcare staff informed the design of their ‘fit, cushioning and traction’

The Welsh Labour party political broadcast featured an actor dressed as a nurse

Welsh Labour withdraws political broadcast that features an actor playing a nurse

Parties must clarify use of actors if the audience could be ‘misled’ by their appearance

Jean Higgins presents a bouquet to the then Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen at a film premiere

Tributes paid to a proud pioneer of agency nursing

Jean Higgins ran an early nurse recruitment agency set up for the benefit of the NHS

Evidence and Practice

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Why you should read this article • Mental health concerns in people with intellectual...

Exploring the value of reflexivity in learning disability research

Exploring the value of reflexivity in learning disability research

Reflexivity can be used by researchers to manage their thoughts, feelings and preconceptions

How learning disability nurses can support self-management for people with asthma

How learning disability nurses can support self-management for people with asthma

Asthma is a long-term condition that requires patient education, support and close...

Resource Buddy: developing an online resource to support mindfulness-based interventions for people with learning disabilities

Resource Buddy: an online resource to support mindfulness-based interventions

Exploring the evidence base for mindfulness-based interventions for people with LDs

The Telford model: inspiring new leaders in learning disability nursing

The Telford model: inspiring new leaders in learning disability nursing

Supporting and mentoring learning disability nursing students can be rewarding for all...

Community reintegration of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities from prison

Reintegration of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities from prison

The benefits of a communication forum specifically in support of community reintegration

Features

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

Learning disabilities team transforms hospital experience and culture of care

Team has reduced hospital stays and introduced 'champions' network and training

Don't forget about us, say parents of children with learning disabilities

Families explain how they feel there can be a lack of health and social care support

Opinion

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Nursing associate trainee Abbie Rix (left), with patient experience group member Abul Kasem Picture: Barney Newman

Can nursing associates solve our staffing crisis?

Learning disability nurses have disappeared from the register at an alarming rate

Illustration of a woman shining a torch inside a man's head. Communication is not always verbal but can be expressed by behaviour. Picture: iStock

'I saw your behaviour as a form of communication'

An experience with a violent patient taught Hazel Molyneux why forming a rapport is vital

Picture shows the view from inside the sensory room at Watford FC for people with learning disabilities and autism

Watford FC opens its arms to people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities can feel a sense of connection by going to football matches, especially at clubs that welcome them creatively

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

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

Sabine Schwaebisch

It’s a real privilege to support a family at the end of their child’s life

Sabine Schwaebisch on her role as as a band 6 care team nurse in palliative care at Helen House Children’s Hospice, Oxford, where 95% of children have a learning disability

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