The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced new national educational standards – Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency for registered Nurses in 2018. The curriculum from September 2021 onwards, is based on these standards for nurse education.
The primary aim of being a learning disabilities nurse is to support the well-being and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities; through improving or maintaining physical and mental health to live full and rewarding lives within their communities. You need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion.
During this course – thanks to strong links with service providers across the region – we are able to offer a range of placement opportunities embedded within all three years of the course.
You will benefit from shared learning opportunities with students from the other fields of nursing practice, but will also engage in field of practice specific learning opportunities throughout the programme, to ensure that you develop your identity, skills and knowledge within the learning disabilities field of nursing practice.
- The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and upon graduation of the programme, you will be eligible to register with the NMC.
- We have more than 50 years of teaching experience, enabling us to deliver high-quality professional education to our diverse studentship.
- Graduates are eligible to apply for registration, and registered nurses can start on a salary of more than £25,655 (NHS pay scales 2020/21).
- Study in our purpose-built facilities which comprise clinical skills suites, a moving and handling area, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation room and a sensory room – allowing you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment.
- Our strong links and integrated work placements with local health and social care providers allow you to experience real-world situations.
- Students have gained valuable international experience as part of their studies with our DMU Global programme. Our students have previously taken part in healthcare programmes in Peru, improved the health of communities in India and examined the social and health inequalities faced by specific populations in the US.
Structure and assessment
- Professional Responsibility 1
- Skills and Evidence for Professional Practice
- Foundations of Nursing Practice
- Promotion of Health and Well-being
- Holistic Nursing Interventions
- Professional Responsibility 2
- Analysing Evidence for Healthcare
- Complex Care Needs
- Responding to Altered Health Needs
- Contemporary Issues in Nursing
- Professional Responsibility 3
- Working in Partnership with Service Users and Carers
- Transition to Professional Practice
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
50 per cent of the course is based in clinical practice. You are required by the NMC to complete at least 2,300 hours of practice learning where you will be working towards achieving practice competencies and demonstrating appropriate professional conduct.
Placements are organised in blocks of at least four weeks duration and are based in a variety of acute and community health environments and social care settings including caring for individuals in their own homes. This includes a range of different shift patterns across a 24 hour cycle
You will benefit from placements in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northampton’s hospitals and community placements.
Exciting opportunities for placements in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s hospitals and community services have been developed. Students based in north Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire may wish to benefit from these placements.
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire hospitals and community services have been developed. Learning Disability nursing students based in these counties may wish to benefit from these placements.
In your placement you will work alongside a mentor to learn the practical application of nursing relevant to your chosen field of nursing practice.
UK and International elective placement opportunities are also available in your second year.
The qualification enables you to practice anywhere in the UK, EU plus countries such as Canada, USA and Australasia (local registration required).
Employment is found within NHS organisations and increasingly in the private, social care, voluntary and independent sectors in a wide and diverse range of roles including:
- Acute hospital liaison nurses
- Advising and counselling during pregnancy planning
- Community nursing (within specialist learning disability community teams or as part of a primary health care team)
- Consultant nurses
- Disability advisory services
- Genetic screening and counselling
- Hospice/respite nurses
- Independent practitioners (self-employed)
- Lecturers in Higher Education Institutions
- Managers and service commissioners
- Practice development nurses
- Primary health liaison nurses
- Research nurses
- Residential service managers
- School nurses
- Staff nurses
- Specialist areas e.g. epilepsy, enteral nutrition, continence
Once qualified, our postgraduate study opportunities further enhance your knowledge and skills; including Masters Degrees, Learning Beyond Registration modules, professional Doctorates and the Physician Associate Studies.
Uniform and dress code policy
This course includes acute and community based placements; these are an essential component for completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the uniform and dress code policy of the placement provider. NHS Trusts and other placement providers have given careful consideration to cultural and religious needs relating to uniform policies / dress codes.
These policies/codes have been developed in conjunction with local and national cultural and religious bodies to ensure that local and national infection control guidance is adhered to. Whilst every attempt has been made to accommodate individual needs, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.
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