Report examines future contribution of learning disability nursing


Part of a broader programme of work looking at the contribution of learning disabilities nursing, the UK Modernising Learning Disabilities Nursing Review was commissioned and led by the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland on behalf of the chief nursing officers across the UK to consider the  current and future contribution of learning disabilities nursing to supporting people with learning disabilities.

The review points out that work on demographic changes suggest a significant rise in the numbers of people with learning disabilities, which suggests a need for the nursing workforce to adapt and change to meet new challenges.

The review report sets out to explore how people with learning disabilities of all ages can have appropriate access to expert learning disabilities nurses and to ensure that nursing skills are best used throughout the health and social care system.

The report makes seventeen recommendations, identifying for each the need for action for the UK as a whole, at the level of the individual constituent country, at the service level, education level, action for commissioners or action for individual practitioners. Each of the four UK countries will consider how the recommendations from the review will be implemented, and will participate within a UK-wide Steering Group which is to be set up to support the programme of work.

You can download the full report here  Strengthening The Commitment: The Report of the UK Modernising Learning Disabilities Nursing Review


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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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