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Outdated and stigmatising labels are still placed on people with learning disabilities in hospitals in Northern Ireland, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) said. Terms such as learning difficulty, mental handicap and mental disability were used frequently and interchangeably, according to the NHS regulator. It said: "Educating staff in…
A new registered card scheme to help people with learning disabilities or a mental health condition has been launched in Wales. South Wales Police, Learning Disability Services and Mencap Cymru, have jointly developed a Keep Safe Card Scheme for anyone in the South Wales force area with a Learning Disability,…
A report into the care of people with learning difficulties has called for the creation of a "charter of rights" to protect patients. The document makes a series of recommendations, including giving patients and their families the power to challenge the system and request a personal care budget. Sir Stephen…
Mental health charities have called for an independent inquiry following the death of a "beautiful young woman and daughter" who reached 26st in weight after she was isolated in a padded room at a specialist unit for seven years. Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation made the call to the…
Babies born through Caesarean section are more likely to develop autism, a new study claims. In a report published today in an international scientific journal, academics warn increasingly popular C-section deliveries heighten the risk of the disorder by 23%. However, they urge caution on the findings and have stressed more…
Seven people have been charged in connection with the ill-treatment of vulnerable residents at care homes. The charges relate to the Veilstone, Gatooma and Teignmead homes, which were all run by Atlas Project Team Ltd. The homes, which were located in north and south Devon, were closed in 2012. Devon…
The social care system needs to be turned on its head to provide better support and better value for money. That’s the conclusion of Lucy Hurst-Brown, chief executive of learning disability charity Brandon Trust and deputy chair of VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), in a collection of essays published at…
An article examined the views of people with learning disabilities, their family and carers, concerning palliative care. It said that people with learning disabilities were able to have conversations about their preferred end-of-life care, but needed appropriate sources of information and the company of familiar people. The study had identified…
A new campaign urging politicians to wake up to learning disability as an election issue is being launched this week by Mencap. The charity says a new public opinion poll has highlighted an overwhelming majority of people (90%) feel the need for the government to take urgent action to tackle…
Care workers at Care UK in Doncaster have begun new strike action today for two weeks, after the company refused to discuss a wage rise this year. The action comes after a new ballot and is in support of a pay claim that calls for a minimum starting rate of…
Labour has called on the Government to commit to a two-year deadline to end the practice of placing vulnerable people with learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units – like the former Winterbourne View – for long periods of time. Instead, people should be given appropriate care and support at…
Social climate of psychiatric institutions correlates with multiple outcomes related to staff and patients. Research into social climate in Learning Disability services is limited. Staff and patients in Learning Disability services have documented both positive and negative experiences. No research has directly compared the social climate of Learning Disability and…