Learning disabilities news

Nurses play vital role in improving lives of millions

Professor Jane Cummings has urged nurses to lead the way in improving the lives of millions of people living with a mental health condition or learning disability. It is estimated there are around 1.1 million people living with a learning disability in England. However, the number recorded in health and welfare systems is much lower. […]

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NHS England launches practical guides to help people with disabilities access GP online services

Practical guides to help disabled patients to access GP online services have been published by NHS England today (11 September). Aimed at supporting people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities, a series of new guides have been developed to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions and […]

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Chief Nurse backs stomp it out drugs campaign

An ongoing fight to raise awareness of over-medication of people with learning disabilities has been welcomed by the country’s top nurse. As it reached its first anniversary today Professor Jane Cummings spoke out in support of stop the over-medication of people with a learning disability or autism (STOMP) – a major initiative aimed at curbing […]

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Modernisation of North West learning disability services to improve care for patients and see closure of Calderstones Learning Disability Hospital

People with a learning disability, autism or both in the North West will be supported to lead more independent lives in their communities thanks to plans given the final go ahead today, which include the closure of Calderstones (now known as Mersey Care Whalley site) – England’s last stand-alone NHS learning disability hospital. The plans […]

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NHS formally consults on proposals to close Calderstones, England’s last old long-stay learning disability hospital

Consultation: proposed redesign of learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder services Consultation for the proposed redesign of learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder services in the North West Easy Read: Consultation for the proposed redesign of learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder services in the North West New proposals published today propose the closure of […]

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NHS England takes new steps to improve learning disability employment

As Mencap’s Learning Disability Work Experience Week kicks off, the number of NHS organisations pledging to employ more people with learning disabilities has hit 100, with NHS England calling on more trusts and hospitals to join the growing list. The pledges have already led to ten new work experience placements which will begin this week […]

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