Learning disability nurses support people with learning disabilities, developing important relationships with their patients and helping them to lead fulfilling lives.

What's it like to be a learning disability nurse?

When you’re a nurse, no two days are the same. You’ll work with different people every day, improving the lives of patients and advancing medical innovation and care. As a trained healthcare professional, you’ll lead teams and take on senior positions of responsibility. That’s why nurses are one of the most important parts of our health services. 

As a learning disability nurse, you’ll help to maintain the physical and mental health of people with a learning disability and provide practical support to help them to live a fulfilling life.

Most people with a learning disability will need support throughout their life. This means you’ll need to form exceptionally strong partnerships with patients and their family and carers, so you’ll need to be adaptable, patient, and a good communicator.

Working as a learning disability nurse is challenging but satisfying. It’s a vital role where you’ll make a real difference to people’s lives.

There’s a shortage of nurses in the UK, so a learning disability nursing degree will offer you fantastic employment options. And new annual payments of £5,000 up to £8,000 for all undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students will be available from September 2020.

Jess, community learning disability nurse

'I love the job and seeing the benefit that the work I do has to service users.'

About the job

Anne, learning disability nurse

'You feel like you’ve made a difference to the patients every day you are with them.'

Is it for you?

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