Learning disability nurses support people with learning disabilities to maintain their health and wellbeing within a wider social context. They help people of all ages to live their lives as fully and independently as possible, while respecting their rights and dignity.
Learning disability nurses work with service users and patients and their families and carers to assess their needs and draw up care plans, monitoring the implementation of recommendations. They work in multidisciplinary teams with other nurses and health and social welfare professionals to help people with learning disabilities with basic living skills and social activities to ensure they lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
The focus of learning disabilities nursing is on influencing behaviours and lifestyles to enable a vulnerable group to achieve optimum health. The aim is that they should be able to live as equal citizens in an inclusive society where their rights are respected.
Learning disability nurses have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to work in partnership with people of all ages who have learning disabilities, and with their 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.
Learning disability nurses are mainly based in community or supported living settings.
Tasks typically involve:
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