Developing a falls management tool for adults with learning disabilities research study update
Welcome to the second edition of the ‘Developing a falls management tool for adults with learning disabilities’ newsletter. This issue looks at what we are currently working on and a new opportunity to get involved! Katie Robinson-Study Lead
Feedback regarding the QNLD ‘Standards for adult community learning disability services.’
In October 2019 the Royal College of Psychiatry, Quality Network for Learning Disability (QNLD) Services, published ‘Standards for adult community learning disability services.’ ACPPLD members raised concerns about the representation of specialist learning disability physiotherapy within the 1st edition of these standards.
After two years of collaborative working on the Quality Network for Learning Disability Services Advisory Group and Accreditation Committee, I am pleased to say that Physiotherapists are a Type 1 standard (Type 1: Criteria relating to safety, rights, dignity, the law and fundamentals of care, including the provision of evidence-based care and treatment). Also, throughout the new edition, other standards have been adjusted which has reduced the bias towards mental health and the standards are now more balanced to represent the needs of all adults with a learning disability.
ACPPLD SE Study day cancelled
Unfortunately the ACPPLD SE study day arranged for 9th March has been cancelled.
Online resource - Moving forward with a Neurological condition
ACPPLD colleagues in NHS Lanarkshire have recently developed an online resource "Moving forward with a Neurological condition"
This was developed in conjunction with 4 students from Glasgow Caledonian University and includes a passive movement education video and information on postural care and condition management.
The pages are smartphone friendly and will hopefully be of benefit to many staff, patients and students alike
Developing a falls management tool for adults with learning disabilities
Falls can have a significant impact on the lives of adults with a learning disability and their carers. There is a need to develop falls prevention strategies specifically for adults with a learning disability. A research team from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are currently developing a Guide to Action (GtA) Tool to identify falls risk factors and supports action to reduce these risks.
Preparing the NHS for the potential impact of the Omicron variant and other winter pressures in England
"Systems are asked to ensure that access to community-based mental health services and learning disability and autism services are retained throughout the COVID-19 surge to ensure that people at risk of escalating mental health problems and those who are most vulnerable can access treatment and care and avoid escalation to crisis point, with face-to-face care retained as far as possible."
A Community of Practice (CoP): Abdominal massage for constipation (AMfC)
Public Health England (2016) & LeDeR (2019) have reported up to 50% of all adults with a learning disability have constipation.
Successful 2021 AGM and Learning event
The 2021 ACPPLD learning event and AGM were held last week and were a huge success.
AGM and learning event final reminder
A reminder to all members that the 2021 ACPPLD AGM meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday 10th November at 12.30pm
Learning event Programme released
The programme for this years annual learning event has now been released and applications are open!