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Care for autistic children is "not good enough", ministers have said, as they launched a review into the Government's autism strategy.Care Minister Caroline Dinenage (pictured) said that many autistic children are "falling through the cracks".The Government's autism strategy was last revised in 2015 and only covers adults in England.Ministers have…
A Denbighshire nurse is putting his best feet forward in a bid to provide better support for the mental health patients in his care. Joe Lewis, who is based at Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Ablett Psychiatric Unit, is running 5km every day during November to raise money to fund therapeutic activities…
Mental health trusts are being asked to review deaths for "red flags" to improve patient treatment and prevent failings being repeated in light of the death of a teenager with learning difficulties.Inspections of deaths that occurred after one of four scenarios should prompt further investigation under guidance published on Tuesday…
The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
The costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities is projected to increase by almost £2bn by 2025 – with England’s largest councils warning that unless these ‘enormous’ costs are recognised, the ‘long-term’ survival of councils is at risk. The County Councils Network (CCN) has released analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP…
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world’s largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. They tested and confirmed two long-standing psychological theories: the Empathising-Systemising theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. Working with the television production company Channel 4,…
An exhibition, running from 19 to 25 November, at Jubilee Library in Brighton will highlight the experience of people with a learning impairment in the workplace. Work[able] forms part of a PhD project being carried out at the University of Brighton by Occupational Therapist Diana Ramsey. The display, which consists…
Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabilities.Judge Thomas Greensmith has suggested that the lives of the woman's children would have been different if staff at Wirral Borough…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
A charity which provides care for disabled people and was founded by Second World War bomber pilot Leonard Cheshire has won a tribunal fight after a dyslexic former manager made a disability discrimination allegation. Employment tribunal judges have dismissed claims against Leonard Cheshire Disability by a former care home manager…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he is ready to consider calls to close all institutions for people with learning difficulties or autism. The call came from Sir Stephen Bubb, who said recommendations for reform of the system in his 2014 report into abuse at the Winterbourne View home have…
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