Learning disability nursing

#WeActiveChallenge - Leading by Example: Reducing Health Inequalities - Pauline Watts

As we focus this month on the importance of being active and being involved and their importance on both our physical and mental health, let us just pause for a moment and think of the most vulnerable people in the …

Sport for children with a learning disability, how can the school nurse help? by Pauline Watts

Sport can have a positive impact on the lives of children with  a learning disability in so many ways, not only from the point of view of improving physical health and well-being - weight management, healthier heart and lungs for …

You Said: We Did - How you helped to develop 'All Our Health' and how you can continue to do so

This blog is a thank you for colleagues who have worked with us to develop the All Our Health (AoH) approach and resources and sets out what you told us and how we have used your feedback. In 2013 we …

Introducing you to All Our Health

This blog is to introduce new readers to the ‘All Our Health’ call to action for health and care professionals (HCPs), to provide an update to those who are already aware and to say thank you for colleagues who have …

Let’s talk dementia - Early onset dementia in people with a learning disability - Pauline Watts

Although it is well documented that earlier onset dementia for people who have a learning disability is a higher percentage than national average, for everyone, a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors, together with chance occurrences have an impact on …

Psychotropic drugs prescribing and so many other drugs – Why do we keep overprescribing?

This week is Learning Disability Awareness Week #LDWeek2016. Pauline Watts, Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities at Public Health England, has provided a guest blog. The overuse of psychotropic drugs, not to mention many others, for people with a learning disability, …

Informing and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people with Down’s Syndrome - Pauline Watts

As part of my professional Lead Nurse responsibilities and the week of action, I spent the day with DSA, one of our partners on specific LD work, talking about some fantastic work that they are doing to inform and improve …

Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions - Guest Blog by Ben Thomas

In January I wrote about the Government’s plans to reduce the need for restrictive interventions and to promote the use of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). I am pleased to say that on 3 April 2014, Norman Lamb, Care and Support …