Learning Disability Nurse Training

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2005 Health Care Service Group Conference
31 December 2004

This conference is alarmed at emerging evidence that Learning Disability Nurse training is not being commissioned by Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) in certain parts of the country.

We are convinced that there will always be a role for a registered nurse within this field of care.

We are concerned, however, that because there is now, quite rightly, a move towards a social care model for this client group that the role of the learning disability nurse is no longer seen as appropriate or desirable. We believe this is totally wrong.

We therefore ask the Health Group to quickly gather data on how many learning disability nurse training places are currently being commissioned and what plans the Department of Health has nationally for the continuation, or not, of this branch of nursing.