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The Role of Learning Disability Nurses in Specialist Learning Disability In-Patient Settings in England.

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This report is the second in a series about the role of learning disability nurses in England. It builds on the report published in December 2020 ‘This is Us – This is What We Do’, with a focused exploration of the role of learning disability nurses (RNLDs) in specialist in-patient settings in England. It explores what role RNLDs play in the support and treatment of people with a learning disability in specialist in-patient settings; what impact this role has upon the individuals and families they support; how RNLDs themselves view their role within specialist in-patient settings; what challenges the profession faces in this sector; and what the future might hold.

This work was funded by the learning disability team within the national nursing directorate at NHS England, in a bid to inform a role description for RNLDs in specialist in-patient settings and hold the profession in this arena to account.

Data to inform this report was gathered in 2021/2 via online surveys and conversations with people with a learning disability, their family members, student learning disability nurses, RNLDs who have worked in specialist in-patient settings in the past and those who currently work there, as well as other members of Multi-Disciplinary Teams.

As part of this work, we are pleased to share the following documents:

  • Key Messages

  • Recommendations

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