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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: 10/09/2020

Key Resources

The Learning Disabilities Review Programme (LeDeR) (2018) Annual Report. 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 (2018) Care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities. NICE guideline NG96. London: NICE.
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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Reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability (2018) GOV.UK.
Doukas T, Fergusson A, Fullerton M and Grace J (2017) Supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Core and essential service standards. PMLD Link.
Skills for Health (2019) Capabilities frameworks. Supporting autistic people and/or people with a learning disability.

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

Book cover Baker P and Osgood T (2019) Understanding and Responding to Behaviour that Challenges in Intellectual Disabilitiesa: a handbook for those that provide support. 2nd edn. Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex: Pavilion 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 edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bates C (2018) Sexuality and learning disabilities: practical approaches to providing positive support. Hove: Pavilion Publishing.
Book cover Frankish P (2019) Trauma-informed Care in Intellectual Disability: a self-study guide for health and social care support staff. Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex: Pavilion Publishing.
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. Hemmings C (2018) Mental health in intellectual disabilities: a complete introduction to assessment, intervention, care and support. 5th edn. 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 edn. 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.
Storey K and Post M (2019) Positive behavior supports for adults with disabilities in employment, community, and residential settings: practical strategies that work. Storey K and Post M (2019) Positive behavior supports for adults with disabilities in employment, community, and residential settings: practical strategies that work. 2nd edn. Springfield: Charles C Thomas.

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 C 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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