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Tapping into the wisdom of learning disabilities nurses

The RCN wants all acute hospitals to have 24-hour access to a learning disabilities liaison nurse, who can help develop policies and procedures for patients with learning disabilities and are experts at dispelling the anxiety felt by such patients when they enter hospital

The RCN wants all acute hospitals to have 24-hour access to a learning disabilities liaison nurse, who can help develop policies and procedures for patients with learning disabilities and are experts at dispelling the anxiety felt by such patients when they enter hospital

People with learning disabilities who come into hospital often feel scared and anxious. They can struggle to communicate with staff, and may have physical and mental health needs that are not fully understood by some of those looking after them.

A learning disabilities liaison nurse can make this time easier for everyone – which is why the RCN has been calling for all acute hospitals to have 24-hour access to such nurses by 2020-21.

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