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Learning Disability Nursing

“The reason people become learning disabilities nurses are varied but one thing is universal, they make a vital contribution to the care and welfare of vulnerable people”. (Public Health Nursing Division, 2014, Strengthening the commitment: one year on).

Last updated: 20/06/2018

Key Resources

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (2015) Learning disability: service framework documents (Northern Ireland).
Lenehan C (2017) These are our children: a review by Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children, London: Council for Disabled Children.
NHS England (2017) Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both (STOMP).
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Learning disabilities: identifying and managing mental health problems. Quality standard QS142, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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Connect for change: an update on learning disability services in England Royal College of Nursing (2016) Connect for change: an update on learning disability services in England, London: RCN.
RCN (2017) The Needs of People with Learning Disabilities: What pre-registration students should know, London: RCN.  Royal College of Nursing (2017) The Needs of people with learning disabilities: what pre-registration students should know, London: RCN.

Videos

Mencap: Learning disability awareness: what you need to know about learning disability.
We would like to thank the RCN Learning Disability Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

 Atkinson S (2014) Intellectual disability in health and social care, Abingdon: Routledge. Atkinson S (2014) Intellectual disability in health and social care, Abingdon: Routledge.
Barber C (2015) Caring for people with learning disabilities: a guide for non-specialist nurses, Banbury: Lantern Publishing Barber C (2015) Caring for people with learning disabilities: a guide for non-specialist nurses, Banbury: Lantern Publishing.
Chaplin E (2016) An introduction to supporting the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities: a guide for professionals, support staff and families, Hove: Pavilion Publishing And Media Ltd
Gates B (2015) Learning disability nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Gates B, Fearns D and Welch J (2015) Learning disability nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gates B (2015) Learning disability nursing: modern day practice, Boca Raton: CRC Press Gates B (2015) Learning disability nursing: modern day practice, Boca Raton: CRC Press
Hardy S (2016) Supporting the physical health needs of people with learning disabilities: a handbook for professionals, support staff and families, Hove: Pavilion
 Olsen A, Redfearn D and Pepe A (2016) A-Z of learning disability, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Olsen A, Redfearn D and Pepe A (2016) A-Z of learning disability, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Learning from the past - setting out the future: developing learning disability nursing in the United Kingdom. An RCN position statement on the role of the learning disability nurse Royal College of Nursing (2014) Learning from the past - setting out the future: developing learning disability nursing in the United Kingdom. An RCN position statement on the role of the learning disability nurse. London: RCN.

Book subject searches

Nursing History Collection

Dale P (2006) Mental illness and learning disability since 1850: finding a place for mental disorder in the United Kingdom, London: Routledge. Dale P (2006) Mental illness and learning disability since 1850: finding a place for mental disorder in the United Kingdom, London: Routledge.
Jukes M (2009) Learning disability nursing practice: origins, perspectives and practice. London: Quay.
Turner W (2013) Care and custody of the mentally ill, incompetent, and disabled in medieval England, Turnhout: Brepols. Turner W (2013) Care and custody of the mentally ill, incompetent, and disabled in medieval England, Turnhout: Brepols.

Special collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Gibson J (1958) Mental deficiency nursing, London: Faber and Faber.
Hallas, Charles H. (1978) The care and training of the mentally handicapped: a manual for the caring professions, Bristol: John Wright.
Royal Medico-Psychological Association (1931) Manual for mental deficiency nurses, London: Bailliere, Tindall and Cox.

Archives

The RCN Archive contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Visitors by appointment in Edinburgh.

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Lee Kattenhorn

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