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Communication supports in residential services

10 November 2010

Learning Disability Practice


The ability to communicate personal needs, choices, hopes and aspirations is vital in determining how individuals live their lives and make decisions about their...

Patients who present with dementia: exploring the knowledge of hospital nurses

01 December 2007

Nursing Older People


With the older population growing, there is likely to be an increase in the numbers of people with dementia on acute hospital wards. This article presents some of...

Responding to agitation in people with dementia

01 July 2010

Nursing Older People


Agitation is a symptom rather than a condition and thus an indicator of, for example, unmet care needs or biopsychosocial problems. Non-pharmacological interventions...

Recognising the value of involving service users with intellectual disability in healthcare planning

04 December 2009

Learning Disability Practice


The publication of draft quality standards for intellectual disability services in Ireland by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA 2008) includes...

Unlocking the past: what students can learn from a digital archive

01 September 2013

Learning Disability Practice


Lecturers at the University of Cumbria are providing nursing students with access to an online archive of historical material from a long-stay institution to help...

Enabling self-management of long-term conditions

01 October 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This case study describes a person-centred process in which a young man with learning disabilities, anxiety and bipolar disorder was helped to understand and manage...

A new learning disability nursing framework

28 July 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This article, the first in a series of three on developing a framework for learning disability nursing practice, discusses how a bespoke nursing model was devised...

Maximising individuals’ control over their lives

01 April 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This article describes the adoption of a person-centred approach to support people with learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviours who live in...

Is legislation needed to limit the restraint of clients?

29 April 2012

Learning Disability Practice


In the UK, the use and misuse of restrictive practices with people who have intellectual disabilities are common. There is a lack of regulation to ensure that...

Person-centred mental health care: myth or reality?

01 June 2010

Mental Health Practice


Person-centred mental health services are supposed to already exist in the UK but providing such services is a challenge for staff. This article examines the concept...
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