This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.




Learning disability nursing is a profession that respects the uniqueness and autonomy of each individual and whose main aim is the maintenance or improvement of the health and well being of people with learning disabilities. Learning disability nursing draws upon a range of knowledge and employs a variety of clinical, therapeutic, social and educational approaches in order to achieve its aims.

Key Points

  • There are approximately 25,000 learning disability nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which represents just under 4 per cent of the total nursing workforce in the United Kingdom.
  • Learning disability nurses are employed by a range of health and social care organisations.
  • Learning disability nurses have had to endure a marginalised position within the total nursing workforce.
  • Many have questioned whether learning disability nursing ...
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