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Picture of a Cadbury Curly Wurly bar. Wendy Johnson says a long wait in an emergency department underlined the wisdom of telling people the true situation at the outset.

Planet Rachael: why the Curly Wurly theory could extend to managing ED expectations

A long wait in a hospital shows it’s wise to disclose the true situation at the outset

Picture of Niamh Donohoe with her son Jay. A setback on a day out with her son led her to inspire a local business to make changes that will help other children with disabilities.

Speak out and be a catalyst for change for children with learning disabilities

A mother inspired a company to make changes that will help children with disabilities

Happy LD nurses

Planet Rachael: could this be the year of the ‘lovely’ nurse?

Staff attitudes and behaviour fail to meet expectations but are easy to fix

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

TROG, a test of language skills, aids communication with people who have a mild learning disability, helping to keep them engaged. Picture shows a TROG test in which a woman points at symbols on a board in response to questions.

Communication: one test that can keep people with mild learning disabilities engaged

A test of language skills has helped breakdown potential barriers for healthcare staff

Planet Rachael: schools need training to support pupils on the autistic spectrum

Ignorance could damage our children, says Wendy Johnson

Image show young man with a learning disability using an adapted computer

Planet Rachael: Our changing world needs to be all-inclusive

People with learning disabilities should also benefit from digital advances

Illustration of a woman shining a torch inside a man's head. Communication is not always verbal but can be expressed by behaviour. Picture: iStock

'I saw your behaviour as a form of communication'

An experience with a violent patient taught Hazel Molyneux why forming a rapport is vital

Picture shows the view from inside the sensory room at Watford FC for people with learning disabilities and autism

Watford FC opens its arms to people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities can feel a sense of connection by going to football matches, especially at clubs that welcome them creatively

Picture of Sam Humphrey, who is a lecturer in learning disability nursing

Learning a new role takes time

Overwhelmed in a new job, Sam Humphrey realises it’s okay to feel useless at first

Picture shows a scene from a video featuring a song called Check Me for Sepsis, performed by the Purple All Stars, a group of people with learning disabilities who use the creative arts to convey health promotion messages.

What nurses should do when assessing sepsis risk in people with learning disabilities

Emergency nurses need to recognise the triggers for sepsis in deteriorating patients

Image of a man with Down’s syndrome looking out of a train window. Clare Taylor of mental health and learning disability at the charity Turning Point, talks about how to fix the system of care for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Strengthen the support worker role to fix the care system

Independent living is only possible with a team of dedicated support workers and nurses

Transition from child to adult care for someone with severe learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses should appreciate the hurdles some parents have to negotiate

Planet Rachael: Time to debunk assumptions about learning disability and sexual health

Healthcare professionals should provide good quality care for all servicer users

Austerity’s shameful effects on people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities being adversely affected by austerity is a source of shame

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

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