We asked what do learning disability nurses actually do ?

July 1, 2011

Cheryl Wilson Patrice Promote independence, offer support, care, choice, individualisation, teach, advocate, personal care, mealtime support, daily living skills, organise, person centred.

Paula Chilcott: medicines management nurse for people with learning disabilities working with people on high doses of anti psychotic medication.

Kylla Barnes Support people to have positive lives, access to the community and meaningful relationships.

Gary Clark Low-Secure forensic mental health/ learning disabilities, working with mentally disordered / LD offenders with focus on treatment and recovery.

Helen Laverty Work with parents, community capacity builders

Jill Marshall I am the only ld nurse working with RNMH and RGNS and my individual care plans/risk assessments were recently described as excellent during a CQC inspection because of the detailed info in there relating to the holistic needs of my patients. I personally feel this is an area in which LD nurses excel and of something we should be proud

Fiona O’Tuathail everything, from personal care, promoting independence, advocacy, lead the team, part of the multidisciplinary team, liaise with families, future planning, responsible for the finances, do the housework and shopping for food, clothes, etc. Quite literally everything; after 20 years still love it.

Margaret Dillon Hazeldine: What don’t we do!!! from personal care, promoting independence, advocacy, lead the team, liaise with families, liaise with outside agencies future planning, develop person centered plans responsible for the finances, medication, dignity champion the list goes on

Fintan Sheerin I am chairperson for ID Rights a participatory action movement for social change with people who have intellectual disabilities. In my normal job I am a college lecturer but I am most driven by the ID Rights work. I also am college tutor (like an advocate) for students who have intellectual disabilities on a certificate course in our university.

Stacey Atkinson I’m a learning disability nurse lecturer, and have been a children’s learning disability nurse, community nurse, group home manager, ward sister for people with learning disabilities who have mental health needs and was a care asst before it all! Phew no wonder I am worn out! lol

Mark Gray Training & consultancy, Visiting lecturing on LD nursing courses post & Pre Reg, Assessments for supported living Continuing health care and personal budgets, Assessments of Visual function, Chairing the National Network for Learning disability Nursing, Occasional Policy work, Editing Journals & magazines, peer reviewing research, Writing, & hopefully inspiring others.

Christina Ann Edwards. Working as part of an MDT (the nurses being the main link between individual and the team); to improve an individuals life. Detail could take 10′s of pages to describe! The individuals I work with display some form of behaviours that challenge and lots have communication issues, so we teach, interpret, adapt our ways of communicating, protect (individual, other clients and ourselves), advocate, etc; that’s before you add on medication management and ensuring personal care standards etc…The list is endless.

Claire Lowton. I am a deputy support manager in a supported living house! All tenants have complex needs. So I do everything u can think of from being an advocate to personal care! I love my job something new everyday! X x

Juliet Dube. I work in a Cat C prison for 21+ male. I’m the only LD nurse among MH and RGNs. As part of the primary healthcare team I do all what is expected from a general nurse from wound dressing, venepuncture, leg ulcer management, triage, immunisation, sexual health, ear care, ECG, medication administration etc. in addition I also work as a substance misuse nurse in IDTS. The sky is the limit. Each day is fun but challenging

Sarah Stewart I work for children’s nursing services on the continuing care services. Caring for children with both learning disabilities and complex health care needs in there own home. I work in the heart of the family providing social and emotional support to all member of the family. Whilst providing high quality nursing care using a wide range of clinical skills with a holistic approach.

Emily Lucy Greentree. LD liaison nurse: Supporting equal access to acute healthcare services, supporting people to understand their health needs, education and training to acute health staff, creating accessible information, ensuring reasonable adjustments are made and implemented, desensitisation, supporting carers whilst they support someone in hospital, link into community services ensuring safe discharges, making sure feedback from PWLD and carers are heard in the hospital, and anything else I happen to come across!

Tristan Sarah Johnson I work with in the practice development and education department of a large acute hospital as an acute liaison nurse. I am responsible for ensuring we work to improve services for all vulnerable patients across the trust including patients with learning disabilities my role is three fold, education and training I deliver safeguarding, learning disability, autism and mental capacity act training to name but a few, in partnership with expert patients and carers (both family carers and paid carers.) I also facilitate training for our 52 learning disability autism and safeguarding link practitioners in the hospital. My second role supports the development of all learning disability policy, risk assessments and processors to improve services across the trust and the third and most important role is that I support individuals who come into hospital to get good health outcomes. Every day Is different and I love my job and after 21 years as a qualified RNLD nurse I am still adding to my skill base every single day and hopefully encouraging all staff across the acute sector to add to their skill base too!.

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