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Picture shows mental health professional sitting at a table with a woman with Down’s syndrome woman. A national framework in Ireland aims to provide person-centred services for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

Putting person-centred care at the heart of learning disability services

Ireland targets services for those with learning disabilities and their families and carers

Health secretary Matt Hancock speaks from podium

Health secretary Hancock raises smiles over how ‘50,000 more nurses’ pledge is viewed

Minister was speaking at launch of Florence Nightingale Foundation academy

Image of sepsis

Sepsis now a bigger killer than cancer, study suggests

Analysis of global data reveals 11 million sepsis-related deaths in 2017

Tyspane care home in north Devon

Nursing home manager struck off for failing to act on abuse claims

NMC sanctions three former staff at Devon care home for patient neglect

RCNi Nurse Awards info

RCNi Nurse Awards 2020: deadline for nominations extended

Individuals and teams now have until 7 February to nominate themselves or a colleague

RCN Northern Ireland director, Pat Cullen, with striking members on a picket line in Belfast

Nurses’ strikes suspended: RCN and Unison to consult members on pay and staffing deal

Unions suspend industrial action after securing offer in crunch talks with health minister

Evidence and Practice

Role of a learning disability nursing network in developing students’ skills

Role of a learning disability nursing network in developing students’ skills

Why you should read this article • To enhance your awareness of how online networking can...

Development of training programme to manage behaviour

Some children and young people with a learning disability also present with behaviour that...

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

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

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

Happy LD nurses

Planet Rachael: could this be the year of the ‘lovely’ nurse?

Staff attitudes and behaviour fail to meet expectations but are easy to fix

TROG, a test of language skills, aids communication with people who have a mild learning disability, helping to keep them engaged. Picture shows a TROG test in which a woman points at symbols on a board in response to questions.

Communication: one test that can keep people with mild learning disabilities engaged

A test of language skills has helped breakdown potential barriers for healthcare staff

Image show campaigner Paula McGowan speaking at a conference with an image of her son Oliver behind her

Compulsory learning disability training for all NHS staff is long overdue

Government announces £1.4 million scheme in England thanks to campaign by one brave mother

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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