RCN position statement on learning disability nursing

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Learning from the past – setting out the future (PDF): Developing learning disability nursing in the United Kingdom (An RCN position statement on the role of the learning disability nurse).

As numbers of children and adults with learning disabilities increase and more people with learning disabilities live into adulthood with a range of complex needs, the need for a clear, focused strategy for nursing becomes all the more important.
Children, young people and adults now present to services with patterns of complex learning disabilities unlike those experienced by existing services. Health care services in the future will experience a higher level of demand from this group and will require a range of important skills and knowledge to respond appropriately.

Learning disability nurses currently play a key role in the lives of many people with learning disabilities. They are involved in developing and implementing care plans as well as providing ongoing advice, education and support to people throughout their lives.

This document from the Royal College of Nursing sets out the key issues and actions required, both now and in the future, to enable learning disability nursing to develop and progress in line with the anticipated increased demand on its services. It contains areas of priority for the RCN.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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