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  1. News Article
    Vulnerable patients cared for in secure mental health units across England could miss out on vital medications due to a shortage of learning disability nurses, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has warned. The report into medication omissions in learning disability secure units across the country highlights problems with retaining learning disability nurses, with the number recruited each year matching those leaving. Figures quoted in the report suggest the number of learning disability nurses in the NHS nearly halved from 5,500 in 2016 to 3,000 in 2020. The HSI
  2. Content Article
    Findings The design, layout and décor of wards affected the behaviour of patients and the ‘atmosphere’ on wards. Wards that resembled a living space, rather than a clinical environment, were considered by the investigation to have a calmer, happier atmosphere. Current guidance on ward design and layout did not reflect current clinical thinking in relation to medicine administration areas. The number of learning disability nurses recruited by the NHS each year is currently matched by the number of learning disability nurses leaving the NHS each year. NHS England a
  3. Content Article
    The investigation found a significant number of failures in the care and treatment of the patient overall and in the following areas: Nutrition and Feeding the patient – contrary to guidance which highlights the importance of high quality nutritional care based on individual assessment of needs with appropriate planning and monitoring, this investigation found the following failings: The feeding of porridge contrary to Speech and Language Therapy advice on 3 and 4 December 2016 and offering other foods contrary to advice. The recording who fed the patient porridge. The
  4. News Article
    The parents of a girl who died after failings by NHS 111 said they were horrified to learn coroners had already warned about similar shortcomings. Hannah Royle, 16, died in 2020 after the NHS phone service failed to realise she was seriously ill. BBC News found concerns had been raised about the call centre triage software in 2019 after three children died. The NHS said it had learnt lessons from each case, but said it had not established a link between the deaths. Hannah, who was autistic, had a cardiac arrest as she was driven to East Surrey Hospital by her parents. She h
  5. Event
    In this conversation, James Munro, CEO of Care Opinion, will speak with Dr Lauren Paige Ramsey of the University of Leeds. They will be talking about the safety of people with learning disabilities in care settings, and what we can learn about that from feedback shared on Care Opinion. Here is the research we will be discussing: Systemic safety inequities for people with learning disabilities: a qualitative integrative analysis of the experiences of English health and social care for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers Do join us for this conversation: e
  6. News Article
    Fourteen patients with autism or learning disabilities have died since 2015 while detained in psychiatric facilities in Scotland, figures reveal. The statistics were released for the first time by Public Health Scotland (PHS) following a parliamentary question by Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett, who has campaigned to end the “national scandal” of otherwise healthy people being locked up for months or years due to a lack of community-based support. The PHS report does not detail the causes of death, but does show that seven of the deaths occurred in patients who had been
  7. News Article
    An independent investigation into the death of a man with autism and learning difficulties in NHS care may never be published in full as his sister has rejected several drafts as inaccurate, telling NHS England they were ‘totally unethical’. Anthony Dawson died from a burst gastric ulcer in Ashmount, a residential care home run by Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust, in May 2015. The jury at an inquest into his death found there were gross failings in his care and his death was contributed to by neglect. NHS England commissioned an independent investigation into the incid
  8. Content Article
    The inquiry will cover people living in residential care homes, hospitals and supported housing, as well as those receiving social care services in their own homes. It will look at: What human rights issues need to be addressed in care settings, beyond the immediate concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic? How effective are providers at respecting the human rights of people under their care? How effective are regulators in protecting residents from human rights breaches and in supporting patients and residents who make complaints about their care provider?
  9. News Article
    Members of the House of Lords have passed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill to enshrine mandatory training for health and care staff on learning disabilities and autism in law. The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disabilities and Autism programme is being developed by Health Education England in partnership with organisations such as Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care, and alongside Oliver’s family. “It means that organisations have no choice but to free up their staff to attend this training” The training is named after Oliver whos
  10. Content Article
    The 'Your Care, Your Way' campaign webpage features: Opportunities to share positive and negative experiences of care Information on rights under the Accessible Information Standard Stories from 6,200 people about their experiences of healthcare information Healthwatch's findings around whether NHS organisations are meeting the Accessible Information Standard Recommendations on how to fix the issues.
  11. News Article
    Three mothers whose sons have been locked in hospital psychiatric units in Scotland for years have spoken to the BBC because they’re desperate to get them out. The three young men did not break the law but have autism and learning disabilities. Jamie has autism and was sectioned after becoming distressed at 19. Although he was free to go after 3 months there was no where for him to go so he has lived in hospital units since then. He is now 24. The Scottish government said it was unacceptable to hold people with complex needs in hospital when they could be cared for in the commun
  12. Event
    In this webinar from Learning Disability Today, Alexis Quinn, autistic woman and author; Dr Jeremy Tudway, Clinical Director for Dimensions, and Max Green, Ambassador for the National Autistic Society, talk about how communication is key to providing good care to people with a learning disability and/or autism. It looks at how professionals communicate with the people they are supporting, what they do and don’t say, and how they say it. This webinar is for: GPs Psychiatrists Practice managers Professionals working with people with a learning disability and/or aut
  13. News Article
    NHS England is urging health systems to ramp up physical health checks for people with severe mental illnesses to address a widening life expectancy gap caused by covid, according to a letter seen by HSJ. In a letter circulated to integrated care system leads, chairs, mental health and community trust executives on Wednesday, national commissioners warn the impact of the pandemic may widen current gaps in life expectancy for people with SMI and learning disabilities even further, without “decisive and proactive action”. The letter, circulated by national mental health director Claire
  14. Content Article
    Learn about the West of England AHSN's current managing deterioration projects: RESTORE2 COVID Oximetry @home and COVID virtual wards Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment – ReSPECT The West of England Learning Disabilities Collaborative Safer Care through NEWS2 (National Early Warning Score)
  15. Content Article
    The authors highlight key progress at a system level: There have been independent reviews of everyone who was found in segregation in the initial review. In July 2021, the government published its new ‘National Strategy for autistic children, young people and adults’. The strategy contains the government’s vision for autistic people and their families across six priority areas including tackling health and care inequalities for autistic people, building the right support in the community and supporting people in inpatient care. NHS England is carrying out a review of advoca
  16. Content Article
    This report states that since the publication of 'Out of sight', stakeholders have been responding to the recommendations made by the CQC. The CQC itself has been implementing the recommendations by improving how they identify closed cultures and regulation of services for people with a learning disability and autistic people. The report also states that more still needs to be done to improve the health and care experiences of people with a learning disability and autistic people, as: there are still too many people in inpatient hospital wards when admitted, some people
  17. News Article
    A whistle-blower in the case of an autistic man who has been detained in hospital since 2001 says he feels complicit in his "neglect and abuse". A BBC investigation found 100 people with learning disabilities have been held in specialist hospitals for 20 years or more, including Tony Hickmott. His parents are fighting to get him rehoused in the community. A support worker at a hospital where Mr Hickmott has been detained said he was the "loneliest man in the hospital". Mr Hickmott was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2001. His parents, Pam and Roy Hickmott, were told he