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COVID-19 death in service: nurses’ families need support to claim pay-out

Unions urge higher take-up of NHS and social care coronavirus life assurance scheme

Picture shows a placard demanding fair pay for nurses, with houses of parliament in the background

RCN joins health unions’ plea to Boris Johnson for ‘significant’ pay rise

Call to end ‘needless delays’ for demoralised and traumatised nursing staff

Picture of healthcare assistant Rachel Trott, who has died after testing positive for COVID-19

HCA with three young children dies from COVID-19

Rachel Trott had started her first NHS job only three months earlier at a hospital in Kent

COVID-19 vaccine: why people with learning disabilities should be a priority group

People with learning disabilities more likely to die from COVID-19 than general population

COVID-19 cardiac complications: counting the long-term cost

The virus has been linked to heart damage, but has also disrupted care across the specialty

Effects of COVID-19 on BAME healthcare staff: researchers call for more study volunteers

UK-REACH project is exploring physical and mental health impact

Evidence and Practice

Oral health and supporting people with intellectual disabilities to get access to...

Why you should read this article • To improve your knowledge of the barriers that people...

Signs and symptoms of sepsis: raising awareness in the learning disability community

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of sepsis as a cause of...

Understanding and implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in people with learning...

Why you should read this article: • To refresh your knowledge of the principles of the...

Understanding and implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in people with learning...

Why you should read this article: • To refresh your knowledge of the principles of the...

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 in a learning disability setting

Why you should read this article: • To outline how learning disability settings can prepare...

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Why you should read this article: • To be aware that social inclusion for people with...

Features

Prison nursing support team transforms care of inmates with learning disabilities

Their work ensures service-users’ needs are met in a custodial setting

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A collage showing the nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Domestic abuse: how to spot the signs and support colleagues who may be affected

Nurses in all sectors will have contact with victims, but can also be at risk themselves

Best apps for nurses: the help that’s just a click away

The smartphone apps that support your practice and can make your home life easier too

Submitting a written statement: what you need to know

The RCN’s quick reference guide will help you to avoid the common pitfalls

How a nursing support worker is making surgery a positive experience for patients

People with learning disabilities can expect a calmer and safer experience of surgery

Opinion

Why hospital disability coordinator should be a must-have role

The role could provide a vital link between hospital and community, and free up nursing time

COVID-19: will people with learning disabilities fare better in the second wave?

Report reveals service users six times more likely to die than others during the first wave

Planet Rachael: all at sea during COVID-19 – anyone got a bilge pump?

Rachael’s isolation at the start of COVID-19 didn’t seem anything new but things have changed

Students

Learning disability nursing: correcting those who ask ‘Is it real nursing?’

Student and NHS ambassador Helen Morgan is challenging misunderstandings about her field

Illustration of a stick man on some pens and paper. Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder which affects the way you memorise, process and organise information. Picture: iStock

When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers

We need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

Careers

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

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team of nurses sitting talking, showing importance of debriefing

Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

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