How is the learning disability nurse shortage affecting inpatients on mental health wards?
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How is the learning disability nurse shortage affecting inpatients on mental health wards?

Nick Evans Health journalist

A lack of specialist staff are ill-equipped to meet the care needs of the most vulnerable service users

Numbers of learning disability nurses have fallen by 32% in England over the past decade. This has a damaging effect on the care of people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and for the most vulnerable – those who are inpatients in mental health hospitals – the risks are particularly high.

Learning Disability Practice. 25, 5, 6-7. doi: 10.7748/ldp.25.5.6.s2

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