CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

Keratoconus in young people with learning disabilities: an ‘invisible’ problem

Keratoconus in young people with learning disabilities: an ‘invisible’ problem

Keratoconus is a potentially sight-threatening condition in which the cornea distorts and...

Elderly person with learning disabilities

Supporting people with Down’s syndrome and dementia

People with Down’s syndrome enjoy a longer life expectancy now than they ever have before,...

Autonomy

Helping people with learning disabilities exercise their right to autonomy

This article aims to give readers an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its role...

Carer

Changing role of family carers

People who care for a family member who has learning disabilities face many of the same...

Epilepsy

An overview of epilepsy in children and young people

The role of the nurse is vital in the management of childhood epilepsy. Nurses play a key...

Obesity

Prevention and treatment of obesity in adults with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities experience health inequalities and are at greater risk...

Dysphagia

Management of dysphagia

Dysphagia is a disorder of swallowing. The authors stress the importance of a comprehensive...

Challenging behaviour

Understanding and working with challenging behaviour

This article examines the theoretical approaches to understanding and managing individuals...

Safeguarding people with learning disabilities

Safeguarding people with learning disabilities

Safeguarding is an important role for learning disability nurses and other professionals...

Promoting independence

Promoting the independence of people with intellectual disabilities

Here we explore the enormous implications that independence has for people with intellectual...

Fluid balance

Fluid balance

The author describes the signs, symptoms, causes and results of problems with the amount of...

Body mass index

Body mass index and alternative approaches to taking measurements

The measurement of body mass index (BMI) is an important means of assessing the incidence of...

Meeting the challenges of epilepsy

The diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy can be difficult in people with learning...

Loss, bereavement and learning disabilities: providing a continuum of support

This article explores the concept of loss in relation to the support of people with learning...

The abuse of adults with learning disabilities and the role of the learning disability...

Abuse is commonly experienced by adults with learning disabilities. This article outlines...

Prevention of constipation through risk management

Constipation is a common problem for patients in community and hospital settings...

Palliative care and people with learning disabilities

This article addresses some of the most pertinent issues raised in the literature about the...

Patients’ rights

Decision making surrounding consent to treatment is a difficult area for nurses. This...

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