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Learning Disabilities Nursing

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years

Program Description

This professional course aims to enable you to make real changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities, one of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.

You will learn the value of people with learning disabilities as equal citizens and people who have a real contribution to make to your development as a caring professional nurse in this field of practice. You will have the opportunity to study and develop specialist skills in communication, comprehensive health assessment, equality and issues related to professional practice. This includes complex health needs, profound and multiple needs, care packages and therapeutic approaches to service users with learning disabilities.

The course is designed to equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing person-centred care and building therapeutic relationships to support people with a learning disability across all ages, regardless of personal characteristics or aspects of their lifestyle and circumstances, together with their families, carers, and friends.

Ranked 7th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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Year 1

The Scientific Foundations of Nursing Practice

Fundamental Skills for Person and Family-centred Care

Study skills for Evidence Based Practice

Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice

Introduction to the Foundations of Nursing Practice 1

The Foundations of Nursing Practice 2

Health and Well-being in the Community

Year 2

Ethical and Legal Decision Making in the Context of Nursing

Developing the Management of Care Across the Lifespan Practice 3

Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan

Managing Care Across the Lifespan Practice 4

Facilitation of Learning in Practice

Developing Evidence Informed Decision Making in Nursing

Year 3

Leadership & Management for Health Care Professionals

Application of Complex Care in Integrated Care Settings

Co-ordinating Health and Social Care Practice 5

Specialist Issues in Learning Disabilities Nursing

The Autonomous Practitioner (Practice 6)

Conducting an Evidence Based Project

Transition to the Accountable Practitioner


You will have opportunities to support people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings, which may include:

  • hospital wards such as epilepsy and palliative care
  • mental health trusts
  • adult education
  • residential and community centres
  • patients' homes
  • workplaces
  • schools

This can lead to career prospects in specialist areas such as:

  • education
  • sensory disability
  • service management
  • management
  • teaching
  • clinical research

The majority of our graduates find employment as qualified nurses in:

  • the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings
  • in acute hospitals, military nursing or within the private and independent healthcare sector
  • in private hospitals, nursing or care homes

As your career progresses, a number of options are open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager.

Recent graduates have gone on to roles such as working in forensic services, generic and specialised children’s services, end of life care (adults and children), neurology services, dementia services, prison and court diversion, police diversion, schools, research and many more.


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