Research and evidence based practice is vital to the delivery of safe, effective, person centred care. All nursing practice must be based on a reliable evidence base coupled with sound clinical judgement alongside considering the needs and preferences of individual patients/clients.

Registered Nurses Learning Disabilities (RNLDs) can make a huge difference to the quality of patient care by integrating research and development activity into their professional role.

Within Learning Disabilities Nursing, there are opportunities to be involved in research at many different levels including audit of practice, quality improvement and undertaking research during pre and postgraduate study which all seek to enhance patient care.

Nursing research expands the evidence base and improves clinical practice, and can be a rewarding experience for both nurses and participating patients. Translating evidence from research into practice can make a real difference to people with Learning Disabilities, their families and communities. Currently we are very fortunate that there is a Research post in Northern Ireland specifically for the advancement of Learning Disabilities nursing.

View the real life stories of RNLDs who hold research roles and responsibilities.


Professor Michael Brown
Professor of Nursing
Queens University Belfast
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