CPD articles

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

Using cultural safety to enhance nursing care for people with a learning disability

Using cultural safety to enhance nursing care for people with a learning disability

Cultural safety and how it can help nurses care for people with a learning disability

How to give an intramuscular injection to an adult with an intellectual disability

How to give an intramuscular injection to an adult with an intellectual disability

This article aims to enhance intellectual disability nurses’ knowledge of this procedure

Understanding status epilepticus and its treatment in the community

Understanding status epilepticus and its treatment in the community

An overview of SE treatment in the community, including administration of buccal midazolam

Supporting people with learning disabilities to receive subcutaneous injections

Supporting people with learning disabilities to receive subcutaneous injections

Best practice for administering subcutaneous injections in people with learning disabilities

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to get access to dental treatment

People with intellectual disabilities have poorer oral health than the general population

Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabilities

Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabilities

The rationale for administering oxygen therapy and the types and equipment that can be used

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Mental health concerns among people with intellectual disability and the role of nurses

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 monitoring. It is important that individuals are empowered and educated about their asthma and supported to self-manage as appropriate. Self-management is a goal that is recommended as an established and effective approach. However, it can be challenging for many individuals, including those with learning disabilities. Learning disability nurses can support individuals diagnosed with asthma to self-manage the condition and should have the knowledge, skills and competence to do so.

Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Care should be person-centred, holistic and underpinned by current evidence-based practice

PEG

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding: clinical knowledge and skills for LD nurses

The knowledge and skills required to manage patients with a PEG tube safely and effectively

Insertion and care of nasogastric tubes in adults with intellectual disabilities

Insertion and care of nasogastric tubes in adults with intellectual disabilities

Many adults with intellectual disabilities require nutritional support as feeding problems are prevalent in this population. While many types of nutritional support are available, enteral feeding tubes, such as nasogastric (NG) tubes, are considered safe and effective. NG tube feeding is a common clinical procedure carried out to maintain patients’ nutritional needs when they have swallowing difficulties or cannot tolerate oral feeding. Insertion of an NG tube provides adequate nutrition and improves positive health outcomes and quality of life, but being fed through an NG tube may alter patients’ perceptions of feeding and mealtimes. Healthcare professionals, including intellectual disability nurses, should not underestimate the social aspect of mealtimes or the physical and psychological effects of NG tube feeding in patients with intellectual disabilities. Demonstrating competence and compassion with regard to insertion and care of an NG tube and applying best practice to ensure patient safety and well-being are critical to supporting patients with intellectual disabilities.

Inhaler and nebuliser technique for people with a learning disability

Inhaler and nebuliser technique for people with a learning disability

Healthcare professionals who support people who require an inhaler or nebuliser need to know how to use the devices, monitor and assess patients’ inhaler techniques effectively. Often, people have inadequate inhaler techniques, which can lead to poor management of their respiratory condition, increased signs and symptoms, reduced quality of life and increased use of primary/secondary care services and treatment costs. This article explains how to use inhalers and nebulisers appropriately and considers some of the challenges for children and adults with a learning disability. It also describes some devices and assessment tools, and explores assessment/review methods to help ensure people use their inhalers/nebulisers successfully.

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

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

Supporting people with Down’s syndrome and dementia

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

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...

Changing role of family carers

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

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...

Prevention and treatment of obesity in adults with learning disabilities

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

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