Learning disability nurses support people with learning disabilities and their families, carers and friends. They help patients to maintain their health and wellbeing and to live their lives as fully and independently as possible.
This includes helping people with their daily activities, teaching them the skills to look after themselves or find work. They also support them in making decisions about going to college, going on holiday or carrying out leisure activities with friends.
Learning disability nurses draw up care plans and monitor the implementation of recommendations. Their work is carried out in multidisciplinary teams with other nurses and health and social welfare professionals.
As well as helping patients to stay healthy and making sure they get any medical care that they need, learning disability nurses also support their carers and families, helping them to take breaks when necessary.
Learning disability nurses have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to work in partnership with people of all ages who have learning disabilities. They work with their patients families and carers, in order to help them to develop individually and fulfil their potential in all aspects of their lives, irrespective of their disabilities.
The work is mainly based in community or supported living settings and can be very varied. Tasks can include:
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