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COVID-19 and learning disabilities: reach out and connect

Clear communication on safeguards is vital for vulnerable people during the pandemic

Clear communication on safeguards is vital for vulnerable people during the pandemic

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COVID-19 has presented many ethically challenging and clinically contentious issues.

Over the past few months the pandemic has challenged our ways of working and how we as nurses support people with learning disabilities.

It has brought into sharp focus the need for people with learning disabilities to be recognised and consideration given to communicating clear messages about what COVID-19 means for them.

An even greater need to be inclusive, reach out and connect

People with learning disabilities already experience high levels of social isolation, deprivation and vulnerability, not to mention the health inequalities that inevitably lead to premature deaths.

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