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Centenary of learning disability nursing marked at Keele

Students, staff and service users at Keele University helped create a mosaic plaque to celebrate 100 years of learning disability nursing in the UK

Students, staff and service users at Keele University helped create a mosaic plaque to celebrate 100 years of learning disability nursing in the UK


Unveiling of the centenary plaque at Keele University

As part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of learning disability nursing in the UK a mosaic plaque has been created by the school of nursing and midwifery at Keele University.

The wall plaque was designed by students, staff, service users and ceramicist Philip Hardaker, and was unveiled at an event attended by national figures in learning disability nursing in February.

Keele University's professor of learning disability Sue Read said: ‘This celebratory event illustrates much of what we are proud of in learning disability nursing: ensuring that people with a learning disability remain at the very heart and essence of what we do; collaborative working; creativity; and enjoying what we do.

Inspirational event

‘This was a powerful and inspirational event and a great celebration to be a part of. The unique wall plaque is simply amazing and will provide a lasting memory to all nurses of the future, people with a learning disability and their families and friends. The atmosphere created at this event helped everyone to become part of this celebration.’

Louise Cogher, professional lead for learning disability nursing at the school of nursing and midwifery, said: ‘The field of learning disability nursing has attracted debate since 1919. This event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate 100 years of being certificated and registered nurses, joining together to demonstrate our continued commitment to improving the lives of people with a learning disability now and in the future.’


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