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Learning Disabilities Nursing

Coventry University Scarborough
On campus
 1073 Points
3 Years
Apply date
Aug 2024

Program Description

In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. This course will give you the opportunity to become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

You will have the opportunity to 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 unique 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 disability, their families and carers.

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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

Health and Well-being in the Community

Year 2

Ethical and Legal Decision Making in the Context of Nursing

Assessing Needs and Planning Care Across the Lifespan

Advancing Therapeutic Care Delivery

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

Specialist Issues in Learning Disabilities Nursing

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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