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  1. News Article
    A care home in Birmingham has been heavily criticised by the care watchdog after it found physical and verbal abuse of residents with learning disabilities and autism had become “normal”. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it had put urgent restrictions on Summerfield House, in Birmingham, to stop any more people being admitted there. The home was looking after four residents with disabilities in August when CQC inspectors found a string of concerns. Records revealed episodes of physical, verbal and emotional abuse of the residents with staff making threats to cancel activities o
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    The deaths of three adults with learning disabilities at a failed hospital should prompt a review to prevent further "lethal outcomes" at similar facilities, a report said. The report looked at the deaths of Joanna Bailey, 36, and Nicholas Briant, 33, and Ben King, 32, between April 2018 and July 2020. It found here were significant failures in the care of the patients at Jeesal Cawston Park, Norfolk. Ms Bailey, who had a learning disability, autism, epilepsy and sleep apnoea, was found unresponsive in her bed and staff did not attempt resuscitation, while the mother of Mr King said
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    A trial, which took place at the start of 2020 but had to be cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, has found having learning disability nurses involved in the delivery of annual health checks at GP practices can help improve uptake. Despite the trial being cut short, it was still considered a success with a second trial being launched. “This project highlighted that the specialist expertise, knowledge and skills of the learning disability nurses working with the GPs, can help improve the assessment process of the annual health checks and overall positive health outcomes for people w
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    The purpose of this event is to update anyone working to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people about the progress to date on the work currently taking place with partners to design, develop, trial and develop the training. It will allow stakeholders the opportunity to highlight issues arising from the trial. Who should attend? Anyone working to support people with learning disabilities and autism, including: Self advocates and user led groups Campaigners Health and social care employers Self-advocacy groups Training providers Com
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    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you have a particular passion for improving care for people with learning disabilities? I’m a GP working at Brownlow Health which is within the Central Liverpool Primary Care Network (CLPCN). My interest in improving care comes from my parents who both work with people with learning disabilities; my mum is a support worker my dad and is a manager of two day services. I have heard from them about the barriers that exist when accessing healthcare for people they support. This has inspired me to try and do something to help, especially now th
  6. News Article
    An urgent call for action has been issued in order to help prevent learning disability deaths. Life expectancy among people with learning disabilities is at least 25 years less than the rest of the population. A report comparing data found that while life expectancy had increased, inequality was still an issue. Data findings have showed there was a higher incidence of death among those with learning disabilities during the pandemic, with April 2020 showing 59% of all deaths were due to the virus. Moreover, the pandemic has seen further access to healthcare inequalities, in on
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    A hospital trust has decided to prioritise people with learning disabilities for elective treatment, after analysis showed they were disproportionately affected by lengthy waits for care, along with some people who have a minority ethnic background. The decision forms part of wider analysis at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust of how the impact of covid, and work to recover from it, can exacerbate health inequalities and how this can be addressed. The FT said in a board paper it would “initially prioritise [people with a learning disability] for treatment after cancer and
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    A group set-up following the Winterbourne View scandal is urging more people with learning disabilities to attend their annual health check-up. Healthwatch South Gloucestershire said regular health checks could prevent people from dying unnecessarily. It formed after BBC Panorama exposed abuse of patients at Winterbourne View hospital 10 years ago. Only about 36% of people with learning difficulties are believed to have an annual GP health check-up. The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS). said the lack of regular, medical observations contributed to them having a life expe
  9. News Article
    The critical finding at the inquest into Laura Booth’s death raises alarming concerns about the failing system of investigation into the deaths of people with learning disabilities. Initially, Laura’s death was said to be expected and was attributed to natural causes on the basis of a death certificate signed by a hospital doctor. Without the determination of Laura’s family and the intervention of the media, this inquest would never have happened, and the truth about her death from malnutrition and neglect would not have been uncovered. The concerns about how many other avoidable de
  10. News Article
    The death of a young disabled woman following a routine eye operation was partly caused by malnutrition as a result of neglect, a coroner has ruled. Laura Booth, 21, was admitted to the Royal Hallamshire hospital in Sheffield in September 2016 for a routine eye operation. She died the next month, on 19 October. Booth had a number of learning difficulties and life-limiting complications, having been diagnosed with partial trisomy 13, a rare genetic disorder, shortly after she was born. Her mother, Patricia Booth, told the inquest that her daughter stopped eating shortly after she
  11. News Article
    The mother of a man who died after suffering neglect said she felt "extreme distress and anger" at a critical new report into his care home. James Delaney, 37, died while he was a resident at Sapphire House in Bradwell, Norfolk, in July 2018. After an inadequate rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Mr Delaney's mother said she felt lessons had not been learned from her son's death. A spokeswoman for operator Crystal Care said it had "addressed all concerns". Mr Delaney, who died of a diabetes-related illness, was required to take insulin twice a day, but, despite staff n
  12. News Article
    A child was twice given double the "safe" dose of a rapid tranquilizer at a hospital run by a troubled NHS trust. The child was put at "significant risk of harm" at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital, said inspectors. Rating children's services inadequate, they said Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) must halt seeing under 18s for acute mental health needs. The trust, in special measures, was working to "urgently address concerns". The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a targeted inspection on 24 February prompted by "concerning information" about treatment
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    Seven individuals face prosecution for alleged ill-treatment and wilful neglect of patients at a hospital for people with severe learning disabilities. The alleged offences took place at the psychiatric intensive care unit at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Prosecution follows ongoing police inquiries A police investigation into claims of abuse at the hospital has been ongoing since 2018, following reports of inappropriate behaviour and alleged physical abuse of service users by staff. Read full story Source: Nursing Standard, 19 April 2021
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    This report from Autistica lays out the evidence and sets out recommendations for action by national and local government, research funders and industry, as well as the NHS and service providers. These recommendations include calling on: Medical research funders to collaborate to rapidly increase our understanding of premature mortality in autism. The government to establish a National Autism Mortality Review and commit to significantly improved data collection. Service providers to develop clear and specific plans to prevent early death in autism.
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge problems with the way Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are made, understood and communicated with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. There have been reports of unlawful blanket decision-making and of DNACPR orders noted without discussion with the people involved. This webinar will focus on some of the questions that have been raised over the past year. What exactly is DNACPR? Why are the terms DNR or DNAR unhelpful, confusing and potentially dangerous? In what circumstances is CPR not a go
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