93% OF OUR LEARNING DISABILITIES NURSING GRADUATES ARE IN EMPLOYMENT OR FURTHER STUDY SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATING
GRADUATE DESTINATION SURVEY 2016
Do you want to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities? Learning disability nurses care for people of all ages with a learning disability and work in partnership with individuals, supporters and family carers to provide specialist healthcare. They promote their autonomy, rights, choices and their social inclusion in the health care system.
This three-year learning disabilities nursing degree combines theory and practice in an innovative way, to focus on the care of people with learning disabilities. Successful completion of this nursing degree will allow you entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register as a qualified learning disabilities nurse.
You’ll develop key skills and knowledge in communication, sensitive human interaction, anti-oppressive practice, positive behavioural support, health assessment and promotion, mental health, safeguarding, advocacy, teaching, professional issues, counselling and management.
Your studies will be based in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre. Role-play scenarios will prepare you for clinical practice and allow you to develop a wide range of practical skills that will prepare you for life as a learning disability nurse.
You will study a mixture of Generic (Adult, Mental Health and Child) and Learning Disability Nursing modules over three years. This means you will have the skills to provide a basic level of care to all groups and specialist care for learning disability groups.
USW Learning Disabilities Nursing students can also undertake the BTEC Professional Diploma in Positive Behavioural Support (PBS), which is fully funded by WEDS. PBS is strongly advocated in guidelines for supporting people with behaviour that challenges, so this is a valuable qualification to have, in addition to your professional qualification as an RNLD and your BN (Hons) degree.
Year One: Learning Disability Nursing Degree
- Citizenship and Inclusion
- Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health and Well-being
- Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice
- Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
Year Two: Learning Disability Nursing Degree
- Developing Nursing Skills
- Learning Disability: Health Across the Lifespan
- Assessing and Meeting Needs in Partnership
Year Three: Learning Disability Nursing Degree
- Leadership, Management and Professionalism in Practice
- Enabling Practices and Therapeutic Relationships
- Meeting the Complex Needs of People with Learning Disabilities
The learning disabilities nursing degree lasts a minimum of 42 weeks and there’s an equal split between theory and practice.
Each academic year is split into three terms. In term one, you will study in a 10-week block in University (theory) followed by an eight-week block in clinical practice. In term two through to term eight, you will study six-weeks theory in University followed by six-week block in clinical practice. In term nine, you will spend 12 weeks in clinical practice. You will have practice opportunities across a wide range of healthcare settings, developing key skills that will enhance your employability. Please note that holidays are fixed and non negotiable for the duration of the nursing course.
You’ll study with students from all fields and other professions, as well as having sessions specific to your field. There’s also the requirement to work with clients and patients from other fields, so you can care for patients with multiple and complex needs.