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Simon Stevens

NHS agrees to fund drug for children with Batten disease

Decision comes weeks before families set to go to the High Court to challenge NHS England's...

Picture shows a model depicting a depressed teenage boy sitting by a window. Learning disability and autism significantly increase the chances of having a mental health condition and are also predictive of poorer general health, a study shows.

Effects on health of learning disabilities and autism

The links between learning disability and autism on mental health and poorer general health

Image shows a social care manager talking to a member of staff

Exploring workforce retention issues in learning disability services

Retention can be influenced by factors such as job satisfaction, pay and being part of a team

Picture shows an adult filling a syringe while a small child watches. For almost all vaccinations, at all ages, vaccination rates are lower for children with learning disabilities, a study shows.

Children with learning disabilities may miss important vaccinations

At all ages, almost all vaccination rates are lower for children with learning disabilities

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RCN demands action on bullying in Scottish health service

Parliamentary debate on the issue sparks call for culture change

NMC report on whistleblowing

NMC receives 34 whistleblowing disclosures in 2018/19

Report reveals how the nurse regulator dealt with whistleblowers' concerns

Evidence and Practice

A woman embraces her five year old son, who has been diagnosed with Batten disease

Syndromes: Batten disease

A look at Batten disease, a collection of rare and fatal inherited disorders of the nervous...

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

Increasing the effectiveness of staff training in services for people with learning disabilities with behaviour that challenges

Staff training in services for people who have LDs with behaviour that challenges

An interactive and collaborative approach may be most effective

Development of epilepsy risk assessment guidance for carers and services

Development of epilepsy risk assessment guidance for carers and services

Nurses need to feel confident about supporting people with LD affected by epilepsy

Puberty

Puberty: challenges for adolescents on the autism spectrum

Nurses need an understanding of the root causes of problematic sexual behaviour

Features

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

Paula McGowan

Oliver McGowan: mother wants compulsory LD training to be her son's legacy

Paula McGowan led campaign call at Positive Choices 2019 conference

Coach’s support helps hold down a job

A scheme gives coaching to people with a learning disability until they settle into a new job

Low House

Person-centred support for men with learning disabilities who have a forensic history

What it takes for a care home to gain outstanding status from the Care Quality Commission

Opinion

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

Learning disability Kirsty Colley attends 100 year celebrations at the House of Commons

Celebrating 100 years of learning disability nursing at the House of Commons

Nurse Kirsty Colley reflects on her day at the centenary event

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

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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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