Can media savvy campaigners boost learning disability nursing?
Learning disability nursing should work in partnership with health inequalities' campaigners to help improve care outcomes and raise the profession's profile
For years learning disability nurses have advocated for the rights and needs of people with learning disabilities and/or autism – sometimes, sadly, to little effect. But COVID-19 has given those with a media presence the opportunity to become the new wave of advocates for service users.
Celebrities such as reality television personality Katie Price and BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, have helped highlight the inequalities people with learning disabilities face in a way that nurses can only imagine.
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