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Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Training could save lives of 1,200 learning disabled people – study

Mencap says lack of knowledge may be contributing to avoidable deaths in England each year

Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation


A coroner condemned the ‘gross failures’ in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation. Photograph: Handout

A lack of training for health professionals could be contributing to 1,200 avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England each year, research has found.

A poll of 506 healthcare professionals for Mencap found 23% had never received training on meeting the needs of patients with a learning disability and 45% thought the lack of training may contribute to avoidable deaths.

The findings were published on Thursday, a week after a coroner condemned “gross failures” in the care of Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome and died from constipation.

To prevent such deaths, Mencap, backed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), is calling on NHS England and the government to ensure that no health professional can set foot in a hospital without receiving training on learning disability.

The charity’s chief executive, Jan Tregelles, said: “We all need to act to fix this. NHS England has made real efforts to improve care for people with a learning disability but this scandal has been well known over a decade, and families still contact us who believe their loved ones should not have died whilst in hospital care … No family should be left wondering whether or not their loved one could have been saved.”

Research published in 2013 found there were more than three deaths of people with a learning disability every day which could have been prevented by better medical care. Another study, published the same year, found 38% of people with a learning disability died from avoidable causes, compared with 9% of the general population. Despite those figures, Mencap says not enough has been done to address the issue.

To coincide with the launch of its Treat Me Well campaign, Mencap also submitted a number of freedom of information requests to hospitals and English universities on the training they provide.

The responses revealed that 47% of hospitals do not include information on learning disability in their induction training for clinical staff, and 22% of universities were found not to include training on making reasonable adjustments to the care of someone with a learning disability in their undergraduate medicine degree. Making such adjustments is a legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010.

Janet Davies, the RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Nursing staff want to be able to deliver the best possible care to every patient, but they need the right education to be able to do that.

“Providers and commissioners of healthcare must offer every member of the nursing team training in how best to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, and universities must meet their legal obligation to train student nurses in how to provide information for patients with learning disabilities in a way they can understand.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Across the NHS health checks, accessible information and staff training are all being put into place to ensure people with learning disabilities are not disadvantaged.”

Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, UK figures reveal

Male illness now third most common cause of cancer death behind lung and bowel

Light micrograph showing prostate cancer


Prostate cancer killed 11,819 men in the UK in 2015. Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, overtaking breast cancer, despite improvements in survival rates for both.

The top cancer killer in the UK is lung cancer, which claimed 35,486 lives in 2015, followed by colorectal cancer, with a toll of 16,067 people.

However, new figures reveal that 11,819 men died in the UK from prostate cancer in 2015, overtaking breast cancer, which resulted in the deaths of 11,442 women. While not included in the data, about 80 men are also thought to have died from breast cancer in 2015.

Angela Culhane, chief executive of the charity Prostate Cancer UK which collated the figures, said the number of prostate cancer deaths had risen as a result of an ageing population, while improvements in research and screening meant the same effect was not seen for breast cancer.

“We haven’t yet got the big game-changing advances that breast cancer has had in terms of the screening programme and also the precision medicine developments,” said Culhane, adding that breast cancer had received twice as much money for research as prostate cancer. “We need to bust that myth that it is just an old man’s disease that you don’t need to think is significant,” she added.

According to the charity, while 72,513 pieces of research had been published on prostate cancer since 1999, more than 146,000 had been published on breast cancer. Meanwhile, Prostate Cancer UK estimates that £120m is needed for research over the next eight years to halve the number of prostate cancer deaths expected by 2026.

“We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths,” said Culhane.

But despite the rise in the number of prostate cancer deaths, the bigger picture was positive, said Culhane. “If you compare to 10, 20 years ago, survival rates are generally getting better, that is certainly the case for both prostate and breast [cancer].”

Michael Chapman, director of information and involvement at Cancer Research UK, agreed. “The number of men getting and dying from prostate cancer is increasing mostly because of population growth and because we are living longer,” he said. “If we take into account our growing and ageing population, the death rate for both breast and prostate cancer is falling, though it is falling faster for breast than prostate cancer.”

Roger Wotton, chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer, said. “This is a wake-up call for men and for the health service. Women have screening for breast cancer and this is one reason why mortality rates for prostate cancer are now higher than those for breast cancer. We need to get the prostate cancer mortality figures down, particularly as one third of men diagnosed already have advanced prostate cancer. We need earlier diagnosis and a better-informed testing regime.”

Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, UK figures reveal

Male illness now third most common cause of cancer death behind lung and bowel

Light micrograph showing prostate cancer


Prostate cancer killed 11,819 men in the UK in 2015. Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, overtaking breast cancer, despite improvements in survival rates for both.

The top cancer killer in the UK is lung cancer, which claimed 35,486 lives in 2015, followed by colorectal cancer, with a toll of 16,067 people.

However, new figures reveal that 11,819 men died in the UK from prostate cancer in 2015, overtaking breast cancer, which resulted in the deaths of 11,442 women. While not included in the data, about 80 men are also thought to have died from breast cancer in 2015.

Angela Culhane, chief executive of the charity Prostate Cancer UK which collated the figures, said the number of prostate cancer deaths had risen as a result of an ageing population, while improvements in research and screening meant the same effect was not seen for breast cancer.

“We haven’t yet got the big game-changing advances that breast cancer has had in terms of the screening programme and also the precision medicine developments,” said Culhane, adding that breast cancer had received twice as much money for research as prostate cancer. “We need to bust that myth that it is just an old man’s disease that you don’t need to think is significant,” she added.

According to the charity, while 72,513 pieces of research had been published on prostate cancer since 1999, more than 146,000 had been published on breast cancer. Meanwhile, Prostate Cancer UK estimates that £120m is needed for research over the next eight years to halve the number of prostate cancer deaths expected by 2026.

“We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths,” said Culhane.

But despite the rise in the number of prostate cancer deaths, the bigger picture was positive, said Culhane. “If you compare to 10, 20 years ago, survival rates are generally getting better, that is certainly the case for both prostate and breast [cancer].”

Michael Chapman, director of information and involvement at Cancer Research UK, agreed. “The number of men getting and dying from prostate cancer is increasing mostly because of population growth and because we are living longer,” he said. “If we take into account our growing and ageing population, the death rate for both breast and prostate cancer is falling, though it is falling faster for breast than prostate cancer.”

Roger Wotton, chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer, said. “This is a wake-up call for men and for the health service. Women have screening for breast cancer and this is one reason why mortality rates for prostate cancer are now higher than those for breast cancer. We need to get the prostate cancer mortality figures down, particularly as one third of men diagnosed already have advanced prostate cancer. We need earlier diagnosis and a better-informed testing regime.”

Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, UK figures reveal

Male illness now third most common cause of cancer death behind lung and bowel

Light micrograph showing prostate cancer


Prostate cancer killed 11,819 men in the UK in 2015. Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, overtaking breast cancer, despite improvements in survival rates for both.

The top cancer killer in the UK is lung cancer, which claimed 35,486 lives in 2015, followed by colorectal cancer, with a toll of 16,067 people.

However, new figures reveal that 11,819 men died in the UK from prostate cancer in 2015, overtaking breast cancer, which resulted in the deaths of 11,442 women. While not included in the data, about 80 men are also thought to have died from breast cancer in 2015.

Angela Culhane, chief executive of the charity Prostate Cancer UK which collated the figures, said the number of prostate cancer deaths had risen as a result of an ageing population, while improvements in research and screening meant the same effect was not seen for breast cancer.

“We haven’t yet got the big game-changing advances that breast cancer has had in terms of the screening programme and also the precision medicine developments,” said Culhane, adding that breast cancer had received twice as much money for research as prostate cancer. “We need to bust that myth that it is just an old man’s disease that you don’t need to think is significant,” she added.

According to the charity, while 72,513 pieces of research had been published on prostate cancer since 1999, more than 146,000 had been published on breast cancer. Meanwhile, Prostate Cancer UK estimates that £120m is needed for research over the next eight years to halve the number of prostate cancer deaths expected by 2026.

“We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths,” said Culhane.

But despite the rise in the number of prostate cancer deaths, the bigger picture was positive, said Culhane. “If you compare to 10, 20 years ago, survival rates are generally getting better, that is certainly the case for both prostate and breast [cancer].”

Michael Chapman, director of information and involvement at Cancer Research UK, agreed. “The number of men getting and dying from prostate cancer is increasing mostly because of population growth and because we are living longer,” he said. “If we take into account our growing and ageing population, the death rate for both breast and prostate cancer is falling, though it is falling faster for breast than prostate cancer.”

Roger Wotton, chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer, said. “This is a wake-up call for men and for the health service. Women have screening for breast cancer and this is one reason why mortality rates for prostate cancer are now higher than those for breast cancer. We need to get the prostate cancer mortality figures down, particularly as one third of men diagnosed already have advanced prostate cancer. We need earlier diagnosis and a better-informed testing regime.”

Prostate cancer now kills more people than breast cancer, UK figures reveal

Male illness now third most common cause of cancer death behind lung and bowel

Light micrograph showing prostate cancer


Prostate cancer killed 11,819 men in the UK in 2015. Photograph: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Prostate cancer has become the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, overtaking breast cancer, despite improvements in survival rates for both.

The top cancer killer in the UK is lung cancer, which claimed 35,486 lives in 2015, followed by colorectal cancer, with a toll of 16,067 people.

However, new figures reveal that 11,819 men died in the UK from prostate cancer in 2015, overtaking breast cancer, which resulted in the deaths of 11,442 women. While not included in the data, about 80 men are also thought to have died from breast cancer in 2015.

Angela Culhane, chief executive of the charity Prostate Cancer UK which collated the figures, said the number of prostate cancer deaths had risen as a result of an ageing population, while improvements in research and screening meant the same effect was not seen for breast cancer.

“We haven’t yet got the big game-changing advances that breast cancer has had in terms of the screening programme and also the precision medicine developments,” said Culhane, adding that breast cancer had received twice as much money for research as prostate cancer. “We need to bust that myth that it is just an old man’s disease that you don’t need to think is significant,” she added.

According to the charity, while 72,513 pieces of research had been published on prostate cancer since 1999, more than 146,000 had been published on breast cancer. Meanwhile, Prostate Cancer UK estimates that £120m is needed for research over the next eight years to halve the number of prostate cancer deaths expected by 2026.

“We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths,” said Culhane.

But despite the rise in the number of prostate cancer deaths, the bigger picture was positive, said Culhane. “If you compare to 10, 20 years ago, survival rates are generally getting better, that is certainly the case for both prostate and breast [cancer].”

Michael Chapman, director of information and involvement at Cancer Research UK, agreed. “The number of men getting and dying from prostate cancer is increasing mostly because of population growth and because we are living longer,” he said. “If we take into account our growing and ageing population, the death rate for both breast and prostate cancer is falling, though it is falling faster for breast than prostate cancer.”

Roger Wotton, chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer, said. “This is a wake-up call for men and for the health service. Women have screening for breast cancer and this is one reason why mortality rates for prostate cancer are now higher than those for breast cancer. We need to get the prostate cancer mortality figures down, particularly as one third of men diagnosed already have advanced prostate cancer. We need earlier diagnosis and a better-informed testing regime.”