This year sees the learning disability branch of nursing celebrate 100 years. As we celebrate this milestone, we would like to applaud and show our own appreciation to all learning disability nurses currently working within NELFT.
Learning disability nursing has come a long way since the days of the asylum, with nurses now providing a range of specialist evidence-based interventions and support to people with learning disabilities, as well as supporting families, carers and staff teams, all with the aim to help people with a learning disability live a fulfilling life.
Learning disability timeline, April 2019
Source: Jennifer Van Schoor
NELFT learning disability nurses provide both inpatient and community nursing and are essential to the care of people with learning disabilities receiving a service from us. As we move forward, it is important to maintain this workforce and provide student nurse placements to help grow an appropriately skilled workforce who can continue this good work and advocate for the needs of their service users, always promoting best practice and delivering high-quality care.
The NHS long-term plan for England was published in January and it places a new emphasis on tackling health inequalities with learning disabilities and autism one of four clinical priorities. So now more than ever we need skilled and dedicated learning disability nurses in the NHS.
Congratulations to all learning disability nurses for reaching such a significant milestone and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this indispensable branch of nursing.