People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience physical health problems than their non-disabled peers.
How to tune into a person’s frequency: the past, present, and future of learning disability nursing
If a person who has a learning disability is banging their head, being silent, or laughing it is not always easy to understand what is happening with and to them. In this article, Jim Blair (Learning Disability Nursing Project Lead at the Royal College of Nursing and Clinical Advisor for Learning Disabilities at the Queens Nursing Institute) considers the ways people with learning disabilities can be supported to access the healthcare treatment they deserve but denied all too often.
The majority of autistic adults are not getting the support they need
Have NHS efforts to reduce over medicating been successful?
In 2016, the UK government launched a groundbreaking drive to reduce the use of psychotropic drugs for people with autism and learning disabilities. But recent figures show that while prescribing rates for antipsychotics have fallen since the campaign’s launch, antidepressants, hypnotics, and stimulants have all risen.
Food and drink advice aims to tackle health inequality for people with learning disabilities
How far can reasonable adjustments address health inequalities?
Reasonable adjustments are adaptations and accommodations that should, in theory, minimise disadvantages faced by disabled people in education, employment, and housing, as well as services such as shops, hospitals, and banks. Darren Devine discusses how reasonable adjustments could look for people with a learning disability - but how far can they address health inequalities?
Challenging exclusion through inclusive sports: Q&A with the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work
Mencap Ambassador Emily Nicol, who has a learning disability, interviews Justin Tomlinson, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work. They discuss confronting the discrimination and social isolation faced by people with a learning disability and how to bring people together through sport.
Cervical cancer screenings: addressing the health inequality founded upon misconception
Slimming World rolls out adaptations to make weight loss clubs more accessible
Innovative technology reduces hospital discharge delays
Charity launches accessible recipe videos for people with learning disabilities
CQC to review the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion, and segregation
New research on preventing Alzheimer's disease in people with Down's syndrome
Loss of retinoscopy skills could lead to people with learning disabilities losing their vision unnecessarily
Perseverance and creativity can go a long way
Everyday life can present real challenges for people living with complex learning disabilities, even more so when health conditions such as diabetes come into play. But with determination, creativity and perseverance from providers and staff, service users can achieve their potential and have a good quality of life, as CMG’s chief executive, Peter Kinsey, explains.