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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has published ‘The Prevalence of Autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) in School age Children in Northern Ireland 2015’. Key Facts and Figures: The figures provided by the Northern Ireland School Census have shown that the estimated prevalence of autism has increased by…
Children who "grow out" of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have higher IQs than those who do not, a study has shown. Around one in 20 children are affected by ADHD, a condition characterised by over-activity, impulsivity and a short attention span. Although many children with ADHD continue to have…
NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Sevices (ADASS) have published a new draft national framework designed to improve the care of people with learning disabilities, shifting services away from hospital care and towards community-based settings. The new draft service model is…
A Northumbria University lecturer has been jointly awarded the prestigious Advancing Healthcare award for his work to improve access to health services for people with learning disabilities. Chris Corkish, a Senior Lecturer in learning disabilities and Community Public Health Nursing worked with Lynzee McShea, Senior Clinical Scientist (Audiology) at City…
NHS England has said it will take urgent action after finding a "high level of inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with learning disabilities". A report estimated that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an anti-psychotic, an anti-depressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.…
The author of a report on the care of people with learning disabilities has reported an "alarming absence of any tangible progress" since it was published six months ago. Sir Stephen Bubb (pictured) was asked to lead a review following the Winterbourne View scandal, which saw six workers jailed for…
An unprecedented piece of research into the language used by autism communities to describe autism was released this week. The research by The National Autistic Society (NAS), the Royal College of GPs and the UCL Institute of Education looked at the preferences of people on the autism spectrum, their families,…
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is asking people with autism aged 25 or younger and their parents about their experiences of education in England as the new SEN system is implemented. Last September, the Children and Families Act introduced sweeping changes to the Special Educational Needs system in England (it…
The University of Edinburgh and Camphill Scotland are hosting an event in September on using social pedagogy to work with adults. The 'Diamonds are forever: using social pedagogy to work with adults' event aims to show how social pedagogy might be used in your organisation or your practice. Social pedagogy…
A new RCN survey reveals that learning disability nurses have serious concerns about the impact that cuts are having on the 1.5 million people living with a learning disability in the UK. The RCN survey has found that 71% have witnessed cuts to learning disability services and 50% are now…
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has welcomed new powers which will allow it to do more to protect the rights of people with mental ill health. The Mental Health Bill, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament this week, requires local authorities and health boards to inform the Commission…
NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the University of Bristol have announced the world’s first national programme to review premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. The three-year project will be the first comprehensive, national review set up to get to the bottom of why people with…