Improving health with acute liaison nursing
Alison Pointu Nurse consultant, Barnet Learning Disabilities Service, London
Jo Young Acute liaison nurse, Royal Free and North Middlesex Hospitals, London
Karen Walsh Hospital link nurse, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, London
One trust appointed four acute liaison nurses as part of a drive to make the experiences of people with learning disabilities in hospital better. Alison Pointu and colleagues report on their effect
People with learning disabilities have increased health problems compared with the general population but they often experience poor quality care in mainstream health services. Two north London boroughs worked in partnership with four acute hospitals to improve the health care of this population by appointing acute liaison nursing posts. This article demonstrates how learning disability nurses in this role can have a positive impact on the quality of care individuals receive.
Learning Disability Practice. 12, 5,16-20. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.06.12.5.16.c7058