Improving care for people with learning disabilities
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Improving care for people with learning disabilities

Sue Turner Learning disability lead, National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath

People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population and experience health inequalities – partly as a result of problems with accessing health services. Health services have a duty to address health inequalities, by making reasonable adjustments to their services so they are more accessible to people with learning disabilities, but this does not always happen. Failure to make reasonable adjustments can have significant adverse effects for people with learning disabilities and their families. Nurses are well placed to implement reasonable adjustments, many of which are simple to do and can save lives.

Correspondence sue.turner@ndti.org.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 12,53-59. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.12.53.e9306

Received: 11 July 2014

Accepted: 28 August 2014

Published in print: 19 November 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review