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Course closures: learning disability nurse training forced to adapt

In parts of the UK there are no learning disability nursing degree courses, but other routes into the specialty should be promoted as a good nurse career choice

In parts of the UK there are no learning disability nursing degree courses, but other routes into the specialty should be promoted as a good nurse career choice

  • Closure of courses is a blow, but new routes into learning disability nursing are developing, with apprenticeships and nursing associate roles
  • Some believe the sector needs to be better at promoting itself, so people are aware of learning disability nursing and what these nurses do
  • As well as promoting the career paths open there is a need to value people with learning disabilities more generally and champion their rights

The University of East Anglia has announced it is closing its learning disability undergraduate degree programme.

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