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Nurse education: valuing the contribution of people with a learning disability. An economic assessment

Ruth Wyn Williams, Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences (Learning Disability), Bangor University

Ruth's case study was completed in 2019 and reflects 2019 prices

Ruth Wyn Williams argues that as a learning disability nurse working within a Higher Education Institute (HEI), she has a responsibility to ensure that the future nursing workforce is fit for purpose with the skills and knowledge to work in partnership with some of the most vulnerable individuals in society. Ruth sets out the policy imperatives for taking an interactive approach in her teaching and drawing on the expertise of people with learning disabilities and their families.

To illustrate the value of her interactive teaching methods, Ruth used a cost consequence approach to surface the additional costs incurred with a cohort of 3rd year undergraduate adult nursing students when compared with traditional didactic teaching methods. Ruth also set out the range of benefits which are potentially attributable, in part, to her intervention. Benefits not only for her students, but also those contributors with a learning disability, her HEI colleagues and the HEI itself.

By applying Kirkpatrick's evaluation framework, Ruth illustrates the positive reaction of her students to the approach taken and captures evidence of their learning. Ruth also gives consideration to the longer term impact of this learning on the behaviours of these students in their practice.

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