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Award winners create a framework for better care

A team of four consultant nurses who created the Health Equalities Framework (HEF) was named winner of the Learning Disability Nursing category at the RCNi Nurse Awards last month

A team of four consultant nurses who created the Health Equalities Framework (HEF) was named winner of the Learning Disability Nursing category at the RCNi Nurse Awards last month.

The HEF is an outcomes measure created to improve the healthy life expectancy of people with learning disabilities – which is many years shorter than that of the rest of the population.

The team, comprising independent nurse consultant Dave Atkinson, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust non-medical consultant Crispin Hebron, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust professional lead Phil Boulter, and South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust clinical director and consultant learning disabilities nurse Gwen Moulster, impressed the judges for the Cambian-sponsored award. They said the team created a person-centred framework that shows the effectiveness of learning disability nursing and has improved care.

Independent nurse consultant Dave Atkinson (left) and consultant learning disabilities nurse Gwen
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