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Analysis

Learning disability nurse shortage: how it’s affecting inpatients

Lack of specialist staff is leaving people with learning disabilities being cared for on mental health wards that are ill-equipped to meet their needs
Learning disability nurse shortage

Lack of specialist staff is leaving people with learning disabilities being cared for on mental health wards that are ill-equipped to meet their needs

  • At least 2,010 people with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health facilities in England despite moves to reduce that number
  • Shortage of specialist learning disability nurses in inpatient settings is having a hugely negative effect on their care
  • Initiatives to train generalist staff are improving care but there is no substitute for support from learning disability specialists

The shortage of learning disability nurses is well known.

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