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Why nurses hold the key to developing Down syndrome guidance

The Down Syndrome Act 2022 states that the NHS, social care and other providers must ensure they meet service users’ specific needs, and nurses’ input is vital

The Down Syndrome Act 2022 states that the NHS, social care and other providers must ensure they meet service users’ specific needs, and nurses’ input is vital

Diagnostic overshadowing is not a new concept for learning disability nurses but the impact it has on people with Down syndrome is not always fully understood by many healthcare professionals and the public.

It happens when a healthcare professional makes an assumption that the behaviour of a person is part of their condition without exploring other factors, such as an acute illness or as a means of communication.

Addressing such assumptions is one reason I am hopeful about the new

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