Michael Brown


Why learning disability nurses have a vital role in helping to rebuild lives

As we move out of the pandemic, support and care networks and services need strengthening

Why the future’s looking bright for learning disability nursing

With an increasing population in need of care of support, there are many career opportunities

Learning disabilities: why nurse support is vital when moving from child to adult care

Study finds service users need key relationships to help navigate next steps

Mental Health Act reforms: have your say

New law alone will not address unnecessary detentions of people with learning disabilities

Open access
Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

Social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in seven European countries

The need for educational collaborations involving academics, students and practitioners

Image illustrates the online interaction between new nursing students and their lecturer during the first week of term at university

COVID-19: uncertain times highlight the best of learning disability nursing

Nursing students starting university graduate courses face a strange new online world

Moulster and Griffiths

Book review: The Moulster and Griffiths Learning Disability Nursing Model

Michael Brown looks at a book focusing specifically on learning disability nursing models

Girls and Autism

Book review: Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

A new book focusing on girls and women on the autism spectrum


Urgent action needed to ensure learning disability nursing is not wiped out

What can be done to ensure learning disability nursing retains high-quality staff?


Student experiences of an Erasmus+ project on children and young people with complex...

This article explores the lived experiences of five nursing students who participated in the Erasmus+ programme, an initiative – funded by the European Union – which aims to support projects that enhance, modernise and innovate education and training in Europe. The project discussed here focused on meeting the needs of children and young people with complex intellectual and developmental disabilities. The students, from across Europe, were from a variety of disciplines, including nursing, education and social education.

Hospital passport

Improving healthcare access for people with intellectual disabilities in four European...

The population of people with intellectual disabilities – this is the international term used to describe a learning disability – is increasing and ageing, and many require frequent access to healthcare services for assessment, treatment and care. The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 identifies the need to reduce the barriers to healthcare for people with disabilities, to improve their quality of life and reduce preventable mortality. Part of this policy focuses on the education and preparation of future practitioners. The European Union (EU) Erasmus Plus programme is an opportunity to bring together educators and students, to share learning and develop an understanding of the needs of people with intellectual disabilities. This article gives an overview of the programme, policies and practices relating to care of people with intellectual disabilities in four EU member states – Scotland, England, Norway and Romania. It also identifies ways in which access to services for this population can be improved through education, workforce and services in an EU context.

An international evaluation of networks and networking in learning disability nursing

This article presents the findings of a study of the networking activities of 665 learning disability and intellectual disability nurses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Participants were emailed a descriptive survey questionnaire, which they completed online. Key findings from this study include an agreed definition of networking and evidence about professional networking activities within the profession.

Caring for people with learning disabilities in emergency care

Emergency care nurses are expected to be able to care for a range of people with...

Consultant nurses: making a vital contribution

There are over 200 consultant nurses in post in the four UK countries. They work in...

Executive decision

The goal of the Scottish Executive, which took over responsibility for the country’...