Category Archives: Health

Campaigner Jonathan Andrews on the talents and skills of autistic people

Tweet Jonathan Andrews was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite. The 22-year-old recently won campaigner of the year at the European Diversity Awards 2016 and talked … Continue reading

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Unique art from survivors of brain injury

TweetA unique art collective in London consisting of brain injury survivors is exhibiting its “unguarded, emotive” work for the first time. The Submit to Love Studios, supported by brain injury charity Headway East London, is a creative space in Hackney … Continue reading

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Designing for dementia

TweetThis year, 225,000 people will develop dementia – that’s one person every three minutes – and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with … Continue reading

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In limbo: life for people with learning disabilities moving out of hospital units

TweetThe government promised four years ago to move people from treatment and assessment units following BBC Panorama’s exposure of abuse at the privately run Winterbourne View. The preventable death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a Southern Health trust … Continue reading

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Campaign for the capital’s first sensory bus

TweetResponding to a lack of relaxing, interactive spaces for disabled people, Londoner Kay Alston has decided to launch her own campaign for the capital’s first ever sensory bus. The 32-year-old, who has moderate learning disabilities, is backed in her social … Continue reading

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‘She had a life worth living – she was comprehensively failed’

TweetHow do families of people with learning disabilities or autism feel they are treated by health and social care professionals? According to Karen Callender Caplan, who I interviewed for the Guardian, “You feel dismissed, you feel ignored … you have … Continue reading

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Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find

TweetAbout 500 mentally ill people travel more than 30 miles for an inpatient bed every month, such is the scarcity of local provision. My piece in the Guardian today reflects longstanding concerns most recently outlined in a report from the … Continue reading

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Why the NHS needs more district nurses

TweetThe ageing population combined with the ongoing drive to keep people at home, not in hospital, reinforces the vital role of community nursing. Yet as figures from the Royal College of Nursing show, the number of community nurses working in … Continue reading

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Homes, hospitals, ambition and actuality

TweetFour years after the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View (and 30 years after the start of care in the community and 20 years after the influential Mansell Report), NHS England recently unveiled a £45m plan to … Continue reading

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How English councils are supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers

TweetPorts of entry like Kent and Croydon look after a disproportionate number of child asylum seekers, and government funding doesn’t cover all the costs, as I explain in a piece on the Guardian’s social care pages. Many concerns were raised … Continue reading

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