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99 Developing Palliative Support for Adults With Learning Disability and Advanced Illness: Positive Results From Working With Others Towards Provision of Timely Access and Informed Support
  1. Laura Dines, Senior Staff Nurse,
  2. Janet Kirby, Clinical Nurse Specialist,
  3. Dr Corinna Midgley, Medical Director and
  4. Jane Sutherland, Director of Patient Services
  1. Hospice at Home Team
  2. Community Palliative Care Team
  3. Saint Francis Hospice, Romford

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We describe two patients with learning disabilities for whom we cared, but who provoked anxiety in staff. Recognising deficiencies in our knowledge and confidence, we embarked on a ‘getting to know’ journey, seeking out and discussing needs of this client group with local colleagues from the learning disability field, using the Help the Hospices’ Widening Access model as our guide. We found …

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