Analysis

Cause for optimism on a learning disability nursing ‘reset’ in 2020

Learning disability nursing celebrated its centenary in 2019, but was rocked by scandals and negative headlines throughout. Can the profession expect better in 2020?
Image shows service user Bethany with her father and mother

Learning disability nursing celebrated its centenary in 2019, but was rocked by scandals and negative headlines throughout. Can the profession expect better in 2020?

  • 100 years of learning disability nursing showcased positive work but the year was marred by scandals such as Whorlton Hall
  • Tranforming Care programme fell short of its target to reduce the hospital population to below 1,700 by March 2019
  • Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock is determined to tackle problems in the inpatient sector

Supporting more service users in independent living is one aim of of the learning disability sector Picture: John Houlihan ​​

The year 2019 was one of celebration for the centenary of learning disability nursing, but in other ways it was more of an annus horribilis.

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