Editorial

Learning disability nurse shortages: Now is the time to act on the evidence

The RCNi Nurse Awards underline the great work done by learning disability nurses, but staff shortages are critical
Learning Disability Nursing category winners of the 2019 RCNi Nurse Awards

The RCNi Nurse Awards underline the great work done by learning disability nurses, but staff shortages are critical

The learning disability (LD) sector has faced tough criticism but it shows the true calibre of a profession when it can look at itself and ask where do we go from here? This is what happened at an event attended by more than 100 LD nurses at London South Bank University.

The aim of the event was to produce a strategy for how LD nurses can respond to the criticism of poor care, the most high profile of which in one week in May was the BBC undercover documentary revealing poor care at Whorlton Hall hospital in County Durham.

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