Planning surgery for young people with learning disabilities
Evidence and practice    

Planning surgery for young people with learning disabilities

Cheryl Honeyman Paediatric Spinal Nurse Specialist, The James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To be aware of the challenges of hospital admission for a young person with learning disabilities

  • To recognise the importance of comprehensive multidisciplinary planning, communication and teamwork to ensure a successful outcome

  • To identify the need for input from dedicated learning disability liaison nurses in acute children’s services

Surgery for spinal deformity is complex and preparation involves a wide multidisciplinary team. For young people with learning disabilities, especially those who have behaviour that challenges, there are further considerations to ensure that their hospital stay is a positive experience and all their additional needs are met. Staff and carers need to be well informed and there must be effective communication. Evaluation of one patient’s journey through pre-assessment, surgery and rehabilitation has identified the need for more input from learning disability liaison nurses in acute children’s services.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1286

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Correspondence

cheryl.honeyman@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Honeyman C (2020) Planning surgery for young people with learning disabilities. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2020.e1286

Published online: 21 September 2020

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