The role of the Learning Disabilities Nurse is to provide a high standard of holistic care, which encourages and promotes each individual to achieve their optimum level of independence.

The Learning Disability Nurse provides advice and support in relation to the health needs of the client, including:

  • epilepsy
  • continence
  • challenging behaviour
  • psychiatric illness superimposed on the learning disability
  • bereavement counselling
  • sexual health


The Learning Disability Nurse provides research-based nursing care appropriate to each individual's specialist health needs.

The Learning Disability Nurse will:

  • carry out comprehensive assessments and develop nursing care plans with regular evaluation and reviews
  • facilitate clients access to the generic services and local community resources
  • offer ongoing advice and support to clients and carers
  • critically analyse their own practice development to improve their own competencies
  • work with the Primary Health Care Teams and other agencies to ensure the client enjoys optimum physical and mental well-being.



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