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Learning disabilities and autism training: why change was needed

Two tragic deaths were the catalyst for the programmes to improve skills, support and care

Nurses’ days off due to stress-related illness up 20% from pre-COVID levels

Latest data from NHS Digital show that more than 128,000 days were lost in February this year

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How to get your preferred flexible work hours: new advice for nurses

Show your manager the benefits of letting you work when you want but be ready to compromise

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Nowhere to take a break: nurses share workplace stories

Posts on Facebook page include reports of converted store cupboards and picnic benches

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Nurses in Scotland urged to reject 5% pay offer in ballot

Offer fails to recognise safety-critical role of nursing and soaring cost of living, says RCN

Bullying in the NHS: steep rise in complaints about managers and other colleagues

Staff need to know concerns will be taken seriously as employers insist they’re doing more

Evidence and Practice

Functional loss in older adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia

Functional loss in older adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia

In this population, functional loss could be an early indicator of dementia

Performing venesection in a person with a learning disability

Performing venesection in a person with a learning disability

Increase your awareness of how to make venesection a positive experience for service users

Reducing the use of restrictive practices by applying a human rights-based approach

Enhance your understanding of the need to reduce the use of restrictive practices

Role of Admiral Nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities and dementia

Role of Admiral Nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities and dementia

An exploration of the role of the Admiral Nurse in learning disability services

Applying the principles of trauma-informed care in intellectual disability services

Applying the principles of trauma-informed care in intellectual disability services

Outlining areas for future research and examples of trauma-informed care

Learning disabilities

Knowledge of social care staff about learning disability: 20 years on

There is an ongoing need for improved understanding of what a learning disability is

Features

Integrated care systems: why they’re going to matter to you (if they don’t already)

A seamless health and care system sounds like the perfect plan – but will ICSs work?

Specialist nurse team’s sleep project helps children with severe learning disabilities

Nurses trained as sleep counsellors and ran online workshops to support families and carers

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Are children with learning disabilities getting enough mental health support?

Learning disability nurses need to highlight the mental health needs of young people

What inspired me to become a nurse – and why I choose to stay

Nurses reflect on their route into the profession and what keeps them motivated

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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

How you can help reduce appointment anxiety for people with learning disabilities

Ensuring reasonable adjustments are made can make the experience better for everyone

Opinion

Learning disability practice: why we need to hear the voices of the seldom heard

Seek out the views of people with severe, profound or multiple learning disabilities

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Will integrated care systems improve support for the most vulnerable?

The new system will replace local commissioning groups

Time to shake off the myth that talking therapies don’t work

People with learning disabilities can benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy

Students

What is academic supervision and how can it help me get the most out of my studies?

How this support can help you keep your assignment on track – or even get you started

Clinical placement in a research and development team: what a nursing student can expect

Seeing clinical trials up close shows how medical ethics work in a real-world setting

How a practice education facilitator can help you get the most out of your placement

The role supports students in clinical practice and ensures NMC standards are met

Careers

Framework for a career: how general practice nursing is being transformed

A new framework for general practice provides a structure for career and role development

My first time in charge of a ward: what it taught me about delegation and leadership

Being in charge can seem daunting but go for it if you get the chance – and here’s why

Non-medical prescribing preceptorship: boosting your confidence to practise autonomously

How nurse prescribers are getting the support they need to grow into their role

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