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A series of crime prevention booklets – created by a man with learning disabilities – have been launched in Stratford-upon-Avon. The booklets have been created Christopher Langman, who decided he wanted to do something to help other people with learning disabilities following a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon police station. After reading some of the crime prevention booklets produced by the police, Langman wanted to help share the information with those who may find it hard to understand the advice, also including those who do not speak English as their first language. Langman was assisted in producing the booklet by his support worker, Natalie Bull, who helped him translate the topics and lay them out in an easy-to-read format. Two of these…

Care and Support Statutory Guidance

Thursday, 10 September 2015
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Care and Support Statutory Guidance Issued under the Care Act 2014 - download from the Department of Health GOV.UK website - link opens in a new window.

Advice for Carers - A practical guide from AgeUK

Wednesday, 09 September 2015
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Advice for Carers - A practical guide from AgeUK - pdf download (link opens in a new window) Content includes: What this guide is about Are you a carer? Your rights as a carer Support with caring Assessment for the person you care for Caring from a distance Helpful technology Carer’s Allowance Council Tax reduction for carers Carer’s Credit Disability benefits for the person you’re caring for Making an application for Attendance Allowance Common care needs to include Personal Independence Payment applications What if the application is turned down? Work and caring Your health Having a break from caring What happens to my Carer’s Allowance and other benefits when I have a break? Caring and other activities When your caring role…
The Cochrane collaboration gathers and summarises evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to support better clinical decision making. The collaboration is an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health and there are a number of subject specific review groups. The group on developmental, psychosocial and learning problems has published a number of reviews relevant to the support of people with learning disabilities and this latest, looks at the RCT evidence on behavioural and cognitive-behavioural interventions for outwardly-directed aggressive behaviour. We recently posted about the NICE guidelines for people with challenging behaviour. The current paper is an update of an existing Cochrane review which was carried out in 2002 and last updated in 2013. The authors were interested specifically in looking at…
Download Guidance to support advocates in challenging decisions or actions with or on behalf of individuals from the VoiceAbility website (links open in a new window).
Why social workers must engage with advocates who challenge their decisions A new guide on advocates' role in helping people challenge social services decisions illustrates the critical role of social workers in enabling this, says Sue Lee and Karen Orchard  By Sue Lee and Karen Orchard High-profile cases, such as Steven Neary’s, (opens in a new window) remain etched in our minds as a reminder of the positive impact that challenging decisions can have on people’s lives. Steven spent 359 days wrongly detained by a local authority under several Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorisations. Following a legal challenge, the Court of Protection ordered that Steven be returned home and then ruled that his rights to liberty and family life, under…
Acting as a litigation friend in the Court of Protection Introduction 1. The Court of Protection plays a vital role in securing the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society. Judges of the court daily have to determine whether individuals have or lack capacity to take specific decisions, and – if they lack capacity – what should be done in their best interests. 2. The person who lacks (or may lack) capacity to take their own decisions will not always be involved directly in the proceedings. If they are, and if they do not have capacity to participate in those proceedings, then they will need a ‘litigation friend’ – a person who can conduct the proceedings on…

Cure the NHS Survival Guide

Friday, 07 August 2015
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We have put together the following points to help to ensure everyone receives the treatment and care they should expect regardless of age or vulnerability as a patient. Everyone has a right to be tested for MRSA and C-diff on admission to the hospital. Ask to be tested on admission to ensure you are not taking the infection into the hospital- some hospitals will offer the tests as they do not want someone bringing infections into the hospital. Everyone should have a care plan. This sets out the plan for you or your relatives care. Ask to see it, inform staff you want to be involved with your relatives care provide as much information as you can. Ensure you have regular communication…
A new draft national framework that aims to improve the care of people with learning disabilities, shifting services away from hospital care and towards community-based settings, has been published. The draft service model, published by NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), sets out 9 overarching principles that define what ‘good’ services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism whose behaviour challenges should look like. This is the latest piece of work to emerge from the Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities programme, which is a joint initiative between the NHS England, the LGA, ADASS, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England and the Department of Health. The 9…
New NHS guidelines shift care provision The care of many people with learning disabilities in the UK is likely to be transformed with the introduction of new NHS guidelines for healthcare provision.  NHS England has published a draft national framework designed to shift care away from hospitals and towards community-based settings. The guidelines come in the wake of growing concern about the care and deaths of people with learning difficulties and/or autism in hospitals. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured) was one such case. The 18-year-old died in 2013 at Slade House, an assessment and treatment unit in Oxfordshire that was run by NHS foundation trust Southern Health. Connor, who had autism and epilepsy, drowned in a bath. An external investigation concluded that…
Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities - Next Steps (pdf download, link opens in a new window)

The Learning Disabilities Elf - website link

Sunday, 21 June 2015
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The Learning Disabilities Elf website aims to bring you the latest learning disabilities evidence that is published each week. We scan the most important websites, databases and journals and select evidence that is relevant to health and social care professionals with an interest in learning disabilities. Our daily posts include summarised published evidence, policy guidance, reports and links to primary sources.