Continuous professional development and access to educational opportunities is essential to support the on-going competence and growth of the Learning Disabilities Nursing workforce - this in turn contributes to the provision of safe, effective, person-centred care. All Learning Disabilities Nurses practicing across the range of settings contribute to and facilitate the professional development of students at both pre and post-registration levels aligned to the NMC requirements for learning and assessment in practice. Some Learning Disabilities Nurses undertake specific educational roles in practice such as Nurse Development Leads – responsible for the identification and delivery of CPD specifically for the RNLD nursing workforce in their area/organisation.

Others, as with all fields of nursing practice, may decide to choose education as their career pathway. A number of post and positions are available - from Senior Lecturers, Nurse Lectures and Teaching Assistants based in the Higher Education Institutions -responsible for teaching and delivering the BSc Learning Disability pre-registration NMC Nursing programme alongside a number of post–registration education programmes - to Nurse Education Consultants based in in-service education. All of these posts ensure access to the most up to date evidence based educational programmes aimed at supporting the registrant RNLD workforce to deliver the highest quality care.

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Owen Barr
Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disabilities
Ulster University

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