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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Screening for learning disability in primary care: an examination of feasibility...

Why you should read this article: • To appreciate the need for timely identification of learning disability to address health inequities • To be aware of screening tools for identification of learning disability in primary care • To read about the feasibility of using screening tools to support identification of learning disability People with learning disabilities face major health inequities and reducing these requires the learning disability to be recognised in the first place. There are screening tools designed to support primary care professionals to identify who, from among their patients, is likely to have a learning disability. These individuals can then undergo a full assessment and, if needed, receive support and interventions such as annual health checks. One question that arises is whether routine screening for learning disability in primary care is feasible. In this article, the authors examine the feasibility of routine screening for learning disability in primary care against the Wilson-Jungner criteria, which are the gold standard for appraising screening programmes.

Listening to people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: a literature...

Why you should read this article: • To understand that active listening is a fundamental skill that underpins effective communication with people with intellectual disabilities • To appreciate that listening to the perspectives of people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities is crucial to providing person-centred care • To reflect on how contextual factors such as physical environment and your role in that environment can affect your ability to actively listen to people with intellectual disabilities This article presents a literature review that explored communication partners’ experiences of listening or attending to people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities during interactions. Findings suggest that the context in which the interaction takes place, and the role of the communication partner, influences the structure of the interaction. Additionally, an optimal balance between communication partner sensitivity to the person’s communication behaviours, and knowledge of the person, is valuable when listening to and attempting to understand what the person is expressing. The authors make recommendations for research, practice and education to support and develop the evidence base and practice in this area of learning disability nursing.

Supporting the mental health of children and young people with learning disabilities during COVID-19

Supporting children and young people with learning disabilities during COVID-19

How a CAMHS learning disabilities team supported mental health during the pandemic

Helicobacter pylori testing and treatment: experience and reflections of a community learning disability team

Helicobacter pylori testing and treatment

Experience and reflections of a community learning disability team

Setting up a support group for men with learning disabilities who cross-dress

Setting up a support group for men with learning disabilities who cross-dress

Includes case studies to illustrate the men’s experiences of being part of the support group

Preserving familiarity: the care needs of people with intellectual disabilities at the end of life

The care needs of people with intellectual disabilities at the end of life

Supporting service users to receive end of life care from people they are familiar with

Predicting staff turnover in learning disability social care services

Predicting staff turnover in learning disability social care services

Identifying areas that can be addressed to reduce the turnover of staff

Functional loss in older adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia

Functional loss in older adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia

In this population, functional loss could be an early indicator of dementia

Role of Admiral Nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities and dementia

Role of Admiral Nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities and dementia

An exploration of the role of the Admiral Nurse in learning disability services

Applying the principles of trauma-informed care in intellectual disability services

Applying the principles of trauma-informed care in intellectual disability services

Outlining areas for future research and examples of trauma-informed care

Learning disabilities

Knowledge of social care staff about learning disability: 20 years on

There is an ongoing need for improved understanding of what a learning disability is

How one acute hospital responded to COVID-19 in people with  learning disabilities

How one acute hospital responded to COVID-19 in people with learning disabilities

Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s response to COVID in the learning disability population

Developing an end of life care pathway for people with learning disabilities

A look at partnership working between learning disability and palliative care services

Evaluating written information about COVID provided to people with learning disabilities

Including people with learning disabilities when developing accessible information

Reflecting on the care of a person with a learning disability and uncontrolled epilepsy

A case study by a hospital liaison nurse for patients with learning disabilities

Mental health services for children and young people with learning disabilities

Findings from a local audit measuring access to mental health services

Supporting a young person with autism and a learning disability in service transition

The transition from child to adult services can often be challenging

COVID-related coping strategies for working with people with learning disabilities

Learn about pandemic-related stressors and coping strategies developed by support staff

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