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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 peopleā€. (Public Health Nursing Division, 2014, Strengthening the commitment: one year on).

Last updated: 15/08/2019

Key Resources

The Learning Disabilities Review Programme (LeDeR) (2017) Annual report 2016-2017, Bristol: LeDeR
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.
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RCN (2017) Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities, London: RCN Royal College of Nursing (2017) Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities, 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

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2018) Support for adults with learning disabilities as they grow older - what to expect, London: NICE.
We would like to thank the RCN Learning Disability Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

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.
Barr O (2019) Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press Barr O (2019) Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bates C (2018) Sexuality and learning disabilities: practical approaches to providing positive support,  Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.


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.
Hardy S (2016) Supporting the physical health needs of people with learning disabilities: a handbook for professionals, support staff and families, Hove: Pavilion

Hemmings C (2018) Mental health in intellectual disabilities: a complete introduction to assessment, intervention, care and support 5th edition, Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd


Imray P (2017) Turning the tables on challenging behaviour: working with children, young people and adults with severe and profound learning difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders (2nd edition), London: Routledge. Imray P (2017) Turning the tables on challenging behaviour: working with children, young people and adults with severe and profound learning difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders (2nd edition), London: Routledge.
Jones V 2019 Working with people with learning disabilities : systemic approaches. London : Red Globe Press Jones V (2019) Working with people with learning disabilities: systemic approaches, London: Red Globe Press
Moulster G (2019) The Moulster and Griffiths nursing model: a framework for learning disability nursing practice,London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Moulster G (2019) The Moulster and Griffiths nursing model: a framework for learning disability nursing practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


 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.

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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