A nurse uses a book with pictures to help explain a medical intervention to a person with a learning disability

How to get informed consent right

Experts with lived experience of having a learning disability offer their advice

Illustration showing two nursing team members in uniform standing pointing at a huge shift roster, as if discussing filling or swapping shifts

Unsocial shifts and rotas: what’s your breaking point?

Nurses are flexible but there has to be give and take if the NHS is to boost retention

A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

Time for change written in sand on a beach

Is it time to retire the title learning disability nurse?

Changing the name could make it more contemporary and reflect changing times

Images of several human heads in profile symbolising changes – a ladder is propped against one of them and next to it is a small figure representing a nurse with a conversation bubble coming from her mouth

Is the title learning disability nurse still fit for purpose?

Jonathan Beebee asks if the profession needs a new title to reflect changes in practice

Car park pay machine and pay-and-display signs in a hospital car park – hospital nurses face charges and fines for parking at work

Hospital car parking: who exactly is making a profit from all those charges and fines?

Using staff as cash cows if they drive to work shows how far goodwill has fallen in the NHS

A book entitled Euthanasia with weighing scales beneath the title, next to a gavel with a folder of documents just above them

Why we need to think about assisted dying and people with learning disabilities

In future people with learning disabilities could be granted euthanasia requests too easily

Cruel curbs on migrant care workers’ lives are at odds with British values

Rules to stop overseas staff bringing family are also risky for the care sector and NHS

Do autism health passports actually help nurses and patients in practice?

Two autistic researchers look at the pros and cons of health passports

How my disability made me a better, braver nurse

As nurses we can use our own experiences as patients to enhance person-centred care

Patient’s clinical negligence complaint left me broken and isolated by misplaced shame

Accusation blighted my life – but here’s how I survived, and you could too


What would you put in an election manifesto for future learning disability nursing?

New reports on learning disability care are hard-hitting but do offer support for nurses

Bullying in the NHS: more than just a few bad apples

System-wide change is needed so nurses can be confident reports will be dealt with

How to talk to people with learning disabilities about death

Avoiding the subject can rob people of a chance to grieve or prepare for death

Tourette’s syndrome: how diagnosis has affected my career, and the support staff need

What happened when nurse Jonathan Bader began experiencing tics in his thirties

We made the case to expand our nursing team and you could too

How two specialist nurses used workforce standards as a catalyst for service improvement

Flu jab uptake: why emotional blackmail and the promise of a lollipop didn’t sway me

Staff need to know they won’t feel pressure to keep working if they develop side effects

Martha’s rule: what it is – and how it can help you advocate for patients and families

The right to a second opinion could empower nurses working in hierarchical environments