Clinical

Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Development of training programme to manage behaviour

Some children and young people with a learning disability also present with behaviour that challenges, which can require significant care input from their parents or carers. Without specialist skilled support to meet the needs of these children and young people, behaviour that challenges can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. This article explores the development of a family training programme in one NHS trust, which aimed to provide the parents and carers of children and young people with a learning disability with safe strategies to manage behaviour that challenges. The training programme assisted parents and carers to develop confidence in managing behaviour that challenges and improved the quality of life of children and young people with a learning disability.

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

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 parties, but the challenge is to ensure that the process is robust and effective. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for entry to the register require that all nursing students are competent in the four domains of professional values; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision-making; and leadership, management and team working. Providing nursing students with the opportunity to practise and become competent in these domains formed the basis of the Telford model’s development. This article describes the model and explains how it works in practice, using the experiences of nursing students and their mentors. The article also shows how implementing the model can improve students’ competence and confidence while increasing placement capacity, which easily matches the new NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

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

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 system

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

Syndromes: Sanfilippo syndrome

A look at this progressive and rare congenital lysosomal disorder

Emotion recognition and processing style in children with an intellectual disability

Emotion recognition and processing style in children with an intellectual disability

Processing style may affect emotion recognition differently in children and adults

Caring for people with learning disabilities: the attitudes and perceptions of general nurses

Attitudes and perceptions of general nurses caring for people with learning disabilities

Literature review examining general nurses' caring for people with learning disabilities

Positive behaviour support standards audit of people with an intellectual disability

This article describes how PBS standards were audited in an assessment and treatment unit

Service provision for people in Scotland with an intellectual disability and dementia

Adherence to good practice guidelines for people with an intellectual disability and dementia

Effective sleep hygiene maintenance for people with an intellectual disability

An evidence-based approach to determine and enable the sleeping needs of people with ID

Syndromes: Tuberous sclerosis

Our series about conditions that constitute a syndrome looks at tuberous sclerosis

Effects of mindfulness-based exercises on well-being of people with an ID

Practice of mindfulness exercises may be important component of increasing well-being

Syndromes: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

A series about conditions with common symptoms that constitute a syndrome

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