End-of-life care: making choices
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End-of-life care: making choices

Julie Foster Learning Disability Liaison Nurse (Acute), Burnley Pendle and Rossendale PCT
Tom Harrison Specialist Practitioner – Community Nurse, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale PCT
Helena Whalley Community Nurse, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale PCT
Chris Pemberton Project Facilitator, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network
Les Storey Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, National Lead (PPC), NHS End of Life Care Programme

Julie Foster and colleagues explore how the end-of-life care needs of people with learning disabilities have been addressed in recent policy guidance, and consider how the implementation of the Preferred Place of Care process can enable a person-centred approach to be embraced by all professionals, under the leadership of a learning disability nurse

The population of people with learning disabilities is an ageing one, and its changing demographics challenge services that were originally developed for children and young adults and focused on enabling clients to lead full and productive lives (Read 2005).

Learning Disability Practice. 9, 7,18-22. doi: 10.7748/ldp2006.09.9.7.18.c7666

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