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What does the future look like for learning disability nursing?

Seven years ago, recommendations were made to ensure a safer future of learning disability nursing in the NHS. Here, professor of learning disabilities Bob Gates considers whether anything has changed. 

Seven years ago, recommendations were made to ensure a safer future of learning disability nursing in the NHS. Here, professor of learning disabilities Bob Gates considers whether anything has changed.

Seven years ago I chaired a review of learning disability nursing for the Professional and Advisory Board for Nursing and Midwifery – Department of Health and Social Care, England. We concluded that learning disability nursing had moved from a narrowly defined role in long-term care, to a much broader role in the NHS and beyond.

We stated that it was a health profession supported and endorsed by many as unique in its breadth of employment base, located as it is among the various sectors. It was and still is the case that learning disability nursing roles span community support specialists, liaison roles between services and agencies, and roles in secure or forensic

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