Factsheets on Challenging Behaviour Foundation website now summarised for easier access


The tag cloud on the Learning Disabilities Elf blog shows quite clearly that challenging behaviour is the topic we post about most, which reflects the ratio in published studies. Challenging behaviour can have a major impact on the safety of the person, people they live with or people who support them and is a major [read the full story…]

New film aims to enable people with learning disabilities to talk about death and dying


Last week we posted about a study looking at end of life are for people with learning disabilities through the experiences of the staff supporting them. This week, we would like to draw your attention to a new film that has been produced by CHANGE for Dying Matters and the National End of Life Care [read the full story…]

Bowel Cancer resource produced for people with learning disabilities in Scotland

bowel cancer guide

Bowel Cancer UK estimates that over 40,000 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, making it the third most common cancer. It is the second biggest killer in Scotland where there is a higher incidence rate of bowel cancer than many other countries in the Western world.  They estimate [read the full story…]

Easy read heatwave plan launched


Well, it’s good to be prepared and earlier this year the Department of Health produced its annual heatwave plan, which aims to raise public and professional awareness on how to prepare in case of severe hot weather and potential heatwaves. The Plan is written in partnership with the Health Protection Agency and supported by the [read the full story…]

Adult safeguarding guide produced to support family carers of people with learning disabilities


As you know, we at Elf towers are committed to making research evidence available in a way that helps people who support people with learning disabilities to be evidence based. However, as well as knowledge based practice, we also recognise that practice based knowledge – what we all learn from our experiences of being supported [read the full story…]

Continuing Healthcare Funding process explained in new booklet from FPLD


Understanding the sources of funding to support disabled people can be a confusing business, but this helpful booklet from the foundation for people with learning disabilities is a useful addition to reducing that confusion. It focuses on continuing healthcare, a particular pot of money with some very specific rules governing how and on whom it [read the full story…]

Resource for families to ensure they are involved in best interest decisions


We have posted a number of times recently about the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and issues relating to the knowledge of professionals about its operation. We would like to draw your attention to a new resource which is designed to help families involved in best interest decisions, to ensure they are involved. The resource has [read the full story…]

New DH information strategy calls for online GP records for all by 2015


The Department of Health have published the long awaited information strategy for the NHS, entitled The power of information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need (PDF). The main thrust of the strategy is to give patients more information and make data central to the drive to improve [read the full story…]

Easy read information on getting better healthcare for people with learning disabilities to improve access and outcomes


Access to good healthcare is a fundamental right and there is good evidence that this is not always the case for people with learning disabilities. We have posted many times about the problems people face, most recently drawing attention to the Mencap report on the lack of progress in many parts of the NHS in [read the full story…]

Updated booklets for patients, families and carers to mark National Dementia Awareness day


The Mental Health Foundation are marking the first National Dementia Awareness day by relaunching three of their patient information booklets that have recently been updated with the latest legislation and contacts. The booklets are all available as free PDF downloads from the Mental Health Foundation website and paper copies are available for a small fee. The [read the full story…]