Planet Rachael: Food for thought over learning life skills

Wendy Johnson finds joy in Rachael’s efforts at cooking, despite her choice of recipes

Planet Rachael: Learning disability and autism improvement standards are a game changer

A new year’s email gave Wendy Johnson the chance to celebrate a breakthrough in quality...

Planet Rachael: When lack of knowledge leads to exclusion from mental health support

Wendy Johnson describes the frustration of trying to obtain mental health support


Where could an RCNi Nurse Awards nomination take your project?

Commitment to Carers award nominees have helped tackle crucial issues for unpaid carers

BME workshop

Why you should speak up about your achievements

Ruth Oshikanlu wants to help BME nurses feel confident applying for the RCNi Nurse Awards


Use of restraint and force: steps towards greater transparency and accountability

Ethical training plans and sharing people’s lived experiences can only be welcomed

Passing the baton to the next generation of learning disability nurses

Thirty six years on and with change round every corner, what can the new cohort of nurses...


Transference: safeguarding service users who are vulnerable to exploitation

People with learning disabilities can be particularly susceptible to this type of encounter

Planet Rachael

Planet Rachael: making reasonable adjustments to ensure our holiday is all plane...

Getting on a flight with a child who has autism can be challenging

Why we need a plan to shift individual blame culture

Will rethinking the concept of accountability shift the individual blame culture in the NHS?

Why train learning disability nurses to an advanced level if there are no jobs for them?

Advanced nurse practitioner training is a waste of public money if the skills cannot be put...

Hospital passport paperwork

Doing simple things can improve care for people with learning disabilities

Talking to patients and those close to them, as well as checking health passports, can help...

Would you recommend your hospital to a friend?

The devil is in the detail – and especially relevant in patient feedback writes Wendy Johnson

Learning disability nursing under threat despite being needed more than ever

Being a learning disability nurse at the moment is a bit like being a crew member on the...

'Golden hello' solution to learning disability nursing crisis another example...

One-off payments of £10,000 are to be offered to attract postgraduate students into...

'Diagnostic overshadowing' and a lack of continuity are behind many care...

Advocating effective communication on a patient's behalf can be tricky in learning...

Planet Rachael: when is a service a good one and how can you tell?

Wendy Johnson wants to know how you tell the difference from good quality and bad quality...

Yvonne Coghill: Why you should nominate a colleague for an RCNi Award

Too few nurses from black and minority ethnic backgrounds receive awards for their efforts,...