CPD articles

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

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...

Management of dysphagia

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

Understanding and working with challenging behaviour

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

Safeguarding people with learning disabilities

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

Promoting the independence of people with intellectual disabilities

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

Fluid balance

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

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...

The new Code of Professional Conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has approved a new Code of Professional Conduct (...

National nursing leadership programme

The NHS Plan ( DoH 2000 ) clearly articulates the need to modernise the health service in...

Enhancing quality of life for people with learning disabilities

Quality of life might be the best measure for improving the lives of people with learning...

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