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Ilustration of the book cover of the Trouble with Poo for people with learning disabilities and autism

Constipation: new book tackles poo taboo

Focus on the importance of healthy bowels for people with learning disabilities and autism

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

Conservative party election win

RCN vows to hold Conservatives to account over campaign pledges for nurses

Newly-elected Conservatives urged to tackle nursing shortages and release funds for students

Passenger in moving car

Uber to offer nurses discounted transport and food at Christmas

NHS staff can claim two trips or meals worth up to £10 each

Differing medical record systems between NHS trusts ‘risk the safety of patients’

Study in England reveals 21 systems that fail to share information effectively

collation of three ICN posters, each showing an image of a nurse with patients, behind the slogan 'Nursing the world to health'

2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife ‘our chance to jump-start a new way to see nursing’

International Council of Nurses reveals how it will promote the profession

Evidence and Practice

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

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...

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

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

Graphic image depicting a sensory overload

Planet Rachael: schools need training to support pupils on the autistic spectrum

Ignorance could damage our children, says Wendy Johnson

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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

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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