Careers in learning disability nursing highlighted as part of national event

Careers in learning disability nursing highlighted as part of national event image

Home » Careers in learning disability nursing highlighted as part of national event

Those thinking about a career in the NHS have been urged to consider specialising in learning disabilities, as the UK marks Learning Disability Nurse Day (Wednesday 1 November).

Learning disability nurses work to provide specialist healthcare and support to people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and other carers, to help them live a fulfilling life.  There are over 16,000 Learning Disability Nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and more than 3,000 of them currently work in the NHS.  It is a growing sector which needs more staff.

Learning Disability Nurses work across the lifespan, working with children through to older adults.  This population has a diverse range of health needs, including physical disabilities, neurological conditions, and specific syndromes.  Nurses play a vital role in their care and wellbeing, working across both health and social care settings.

Their main roles include:

  • Improving and maintaining a person’s physical and mental health.
  • Reducing health inequalities that lead to the premature death of people with learning disabilities.
  • Reducing barriers to health and care services to promote an individual’s wellbeing.
  • Supporting the person in living a fulfilling life.
  • Supporting individuals to access health and social care services: assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating holistic, person-centred care.

Sarah Stanley, chief nursing director at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, said:

“Working with people who have learning disabilities is one of the most rewarding types of nursing there is.  Their needs may be social, mental, physical or sensory, and it’s rare to find two days the same.

“Helping people with learning disabilities to live their best life is an incredibly varied career.  One day, you might be helping someone learn how to complete everyday tasks which most of us take for granted, and the next, you might be making sure they’re safe in their own home or be involved in a creative workshop with a group of people with varying abilities.

“Many types of nursing are about making people better, but in learning disabilities, it’s all about increasing patients’ independence and making sure they can fulfil their potential.”

The NHS Careers website has more information on careers in learning disability nursing and a quiz to help you find the NHS role which most suits you.

View all news

Latest news and highlights


23 February 2024

February 2024 – Update on Health and Care Services in Leighton Buzzard

1.We are pleased to confirm that additional clinics to respond to winter pressures continue in the Town, led by hard working primary care teams. Appointments…


21 February 2024

“Please use NHS services wisely” call as new NHS strike goes ahead

Senior doctors in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have again warned of potential disruption to local health services over the next week, as further industrial…


19 February 2024

ICB appoints Board-level champion to oversee progress on DennyReview health and inclusion

Lorraine Sunduza, interim Chief Executive of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), has been appointed Board champion to support the system response to the Denny Review by the Bedfordshire, Luton…


14 February 2024

Look after your heart health this Valentine’s Day

Tennyson famously wrote that “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” but as Valentine’s Day arrives, local doctors have urged men and women of…


12 February 2024

Parents urged to use half term as chance to catch up on…

Parents of children who are not fully vaccinated against measles have been urged to use this February half term as an opportunity to get them the protection they need, as…


9 February 2024

NHS waiting list in East of England falls for third month in…

The NHS waiting list in the East of England fell in December for the third month running, despite ongoing industrial action and winter pressures continuing to hit the region’s health…