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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.

Helicobacter pylori testing and treatment: experience and reflections of a community...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your knowledge of Helicobacter pylori infection and its potential adverse effects • To recognise the signs and symptoms of H. pylori infection which should prompt testing • To learn about a community learning disability team’s experience of H. pylori testing and treatment Helicobacter pylori infection is much more prevalent in people with learning disabilities than in the general population. It can have negative effects on people’s health and well-being, including gastritis, gastric ulcers and gastric cancer. It is also likely to be a precipitating factor in aspiration pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in the learning disability population. In recent years, a community learning disability team has supported the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori infection in the people it cares for by identifying signs and symptoms and requesting testing from GPs. This article describes the prevalence, adverse effects, signs and symptoms, testing and treatment of H. pylori infection. It also discusses 14 patients from the team’s caseload and considers unresolved questions about testing and treatment.

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

Why you should read this article: • To understand the discrimination experienced by people with a learning disability who cross-dress • To learn techniques to support people with learning disabilities who want to cross-dress • To familiarise yourself with gender issues in the context of people with learning disabilities People with a learning disability who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as a cross-dresser can experience multiple layers of discrimination and experience numerous challenges in having their needs met. This article describes a group that was set up to support five men with learning disabilities who wanted to cross-dress. The aim of the group – called Being Me – was to offer the men support, education and empowerment. The article 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

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

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 through partnership working

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 the written information about COVID-19 provided to people with learning disabilities

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

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

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

Learn from a local community service’s strategy to reduce the use of psychotropics drugs

Meeting the mental health needs of a young person with an intellectual disability

Enhance your knowledge of the challenges for this client group in accessing services

Person-centred planning for people with learning disabilities and complex needs

Discussion of the barriers and facilitators to implementation of person-centred planning

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