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Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
Antipsychotic drugs caused a teenager to develop the rare condition which led to his death, an inquest has heard. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who was mildly autistic and suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Bristol's Southmead Hospital on November 11, 2016. His parents, Tom and Paula,…
The father of an autistic teenager who died after being prescribed antipsychotic medication has blamed the drug for his death and said his son would still be alive if "arrogant" doctors had listened to them. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who also suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died…
There is a crisis of "epidemic proportions" in education for children with special needs, teachers have warned. Schools are at "breaking point" with a lack of funding, and no places in special schools, or alternative education, according to the National Education Union (ATL section). Delegates at the union's annual conference…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
Paddy McGuinness has urged fellow parents raising children with autism not to give up hope after he "finally conquered a family holiday". The Take Me Out host posted a picture on Instagram of a car packed up with blankets and pillows for a break, revealing that he and his wife…
A Belfast-made TV show starring a child with autism has been snapped up transatlantic broadcasters. Pablo, a live action and 2D animation series written and produced by Paper Owl Films, has been bought by US network Universal Kids and Canada's public broadcaster CBC. The show, which has already aired on…
People are waiting "far too long" for an autism diagnosis, a Tory former Cabinet minister said as she urged people to show more awareness of the disability. Dame Cheryl Gillan said diagnosis waiting times were "absolutely critical" but that on average children were waiting more than three-and-a-half years to be…
The care industry will be plunged into "crisis" if the Government does not step in to fund a £400 million back payment bill, MPs have heard. Ministers were warned that the decision of HMRC to pursue care providers for liabilities could result in a "rash of mini Carillions". The warning…
An 11-year-old boy with autism has reportedly been given £42,000 in compensation after his family claimed he was the victim of discrimination. The BBC said Ben Gleeson joined the 10th Harpenden Scout Group in January 2015 - but was told he could not attend camps or participate in certain activities…
An autistic girl at risk of harming herself in her "dangerous" family home has won a High Court action for an immediate review of her living situation. The six-year-old, who has a range of difficulties, lives in a first floor flat with her mother and older brother provided by the…
A mental health patient died from a drug overdose after he was discharged by a mental health service due to missing an appointment, according to the health ombudsman. The case is just one in a new report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) which documents a series of…
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