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Making reasonable adjustments in prisons: the role of the learning disability nurse

With one third of prisoners having autism, a learning disability or difficulty, specialist nurses are a necessity
Learning disability nurses in prisons

With one third of prisoners having autism, a learning disability or difficulty, specialist nurses are a necessity

  • There is a high proportion of people with learning disabilities or autism in prison and they often struggle to cope with life inside
  • Prison services have recently begun to recognise the need to employ learning disability nurses, and new specifications about meeting the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities in prisons have been published this year
  • Learning disability nurses working in prisons talk about their work creating care pathways to support prisoners as well as training other prison staff to help them understand the extra challenges this cohort faces

It’s a chilling scenario: a young man with autism is in prison. He is approached by another inmate and asked to keep some drugs for him. The other inmate tells

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