Learning disability nurse

Learning disability nurses improve the well-being and social inclusion of people with a learning disability. They also offer help and support to their family and carers.

This page has information on being a learning disability nurse and links to further information. 

Working life

Working with people with a learning disability is a very rewarding and interesting role. Although progress may be slow, there is great job satisfaction when someone grows in confidence or learns a new skill because of your intervention.

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The main areas of your role as a learning disability nurse involve

Learning disability nurses may also help people to learn the skills needed to find work. This can be significant in helping them to lead a more independent and healthy life where they can relate to others on equal terms.

Where will you work?

You will be supporting people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings, including:

If you work in a residential setting, you may do shifts and provide 24-hour care. You’ll work as part of a team including psychologists, social workers, teachers, general practitioners, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and healthcare assistants.

'Learning disability nursing is quite different to other fields of nursing. It’s about enabling each person to reach their full potential'. Sarah Trute, community behaviour specialist 

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