This is the response from the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum to the BBC Panorama programme “Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal” aired 22nd May 2019.
I qualified as a registered learning disability nurse (RNLD) in September 2015 at the age of 40. Life begins then they say... and it certainly does.
Without nurses, midwives and health care assistants, would healthcare survive? Given the terrifying future projection of 410,000 nurse vacancies in the UK without urgent investment, we may be seen as simply ‘numbers’ like rows of identical paper chain doll workers.
Dawne Garrett, RCN Professional Lead for Older People and Dementia Care, talks about how new guidance published by the RCN on behalf of Royal Colleges and professional bodies is aiming to improve the safeguarding of adults.
Learning disability nurses are a critically valuable part of the nursing workforce.