Developing a service improvement initiative for people with learning disabilities in hospice settings
Fiona Springall @Fionaspringall Learning disability nurse, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Beccles, Suffolk, England
People with learning disabilities are often marginalised in healthcare, including in hospice settings, and as a result may not receive effective end of life care. Research in hospice settings has identified that many staff lack confidence, skills and knowledge in caring for people with learning disabilities, which can have a negative effect on the care these individuals receive. To address these issues, the author has proposed a service improvement initiative, which she developed as part of her learning disability nursing degree programme. This proposed initiative aimed to enhance end of life care for people with learning disabilities through the implementation of a community learning disability link nurse in the hospice setting.
Nursing Standard. 32, 30, 49-54. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11014Correspondence
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Received: 14 September 2017
Accepted: 16 January 2018