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Not there yet – Russian Inclusion

Not there yet – Russian Inclusion ›

30th September 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

Five Essential Service Accomplishments Inclusion of people with disabilities is becoming part of the British way of life. Whilst we have some way to go, it is already embedded in our culture to the extent that we are no longer afraid or surprised when we encounter people with intellectual disabilities in day-to-day situations. Recent television…

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Giving it away

Giving it away ›

5th June 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

This week has been Volunteers’ Week, and for many of us running care services, the tireless support of people who give up time to help others cannot be valued highly enough. Margo used to be a librarian until local government cuts saw her having to compete with five colleagues for two jobs. Inevitably, someone else…

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Love is strange

Love is strange ›

29th May 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

In the news this month is the fact that people with learning disabilities are increasingly at risk of being groomed for sexual exploitation. How can we decide that someone we know is at risk? The BBC published a story about the rise in sexual grooming of vulnerable adults, providing an example of a young woman…

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Screening – stay on the radar

Screening – stay on the radar ›

22nd May 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

Screening – stay on the radar There is evidence that, despite Government initiatives to improve uptake, women with learning disabilities are less likely to be screened for breast and cervical cancer. Gentlemen readers may wish to zone out now, but try to stick with it! Ladies will groan and wince at the arrival of The…

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In the best interest – can we challenge the parent advocate?

In the best interest – can we challenge the parent advocate? ›

18th May 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

This week, a thorny issue emerges as a mother ‘advocating’ for her son is causing problems for his care team. For adults with learning disabilities who cannot speak up for themselves, there needs to be a means of ensuring that their wishes and views are heard. This is increasingly difficult when we try to separate…

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Junket or jewel?

Junket or jewel? ›

11th May 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

Are you bombarded on a daily basis with email and junk mail inviting you to all sorts of conferences? A cynic might suggest they are an opportunity for a sneaky day out of the workplace. Today I have been offered discounted places at two conferences (acquired brain injury; falls prevention), as well as being reminded…

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The Unthinkable

The Unthinkable ›

1st May 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

For all of us, dealing with the end of life is one of the hardest things we will have to face. It’s no less difficult for people with learning disability. I know a few young people who are not going to ever be old people, because they have significant and complicated health needs which mean…

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Sometimes less is more

Sometimes less is more ›

20th February 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

The fact that serious sight problems are 10 times more common in people with learning disability has led to calls for increased commissioning of adapted sight tests for this group. But how to adapt may not be as simple as a longer appointment at the optician. Recent figures from the Local Optical Committee Support Unit…

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Flexible working options or fly-by-night?

Flexible working options or fly-by-night? ›

6th February 2015 | Categories: Learning Disability

News this week that the NHS has increased its spend on agency nurses reads like this is a negative thing. Are agency staff really that bad a thing? Apparently a recent Freedom of Information request from the Department of Health reveals that of 168 Trusts who responded, the average spend on agency nursing staff had…

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Transitional Failings ›

24th September 2013 | Categories: Adult Social Care , Learning Disability

I have just helped to set up a special interest group (SIG) in my area where people who work with, support, or are interested in, learning disability services can meet and share ideas. We whinge too… Last week we met over coffee and tiffin and whinged about the appalling lack of join-up for young people…

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