Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Nicci Isaac

Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Nicci Isaac

Learning disability nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Nicci devised Get Me Better, a programme to improve the experience and care of children and young people in hospital. It aims to make inpatient stays a positive experience and help children and young people cope with the hospital environment – including noises, smells and lighting – as well as ensure staff are able to care for people with a learning disability. Pupils from special inclusive learning centres attend virtual wards at hospital areas, including children’s wards and A&E. The sessions involve graded exposure towards experiences such as being in a hospital bed and having plaster of Paris applied to build tolerance.

Picture credit: John Houlihan

The Learning Disability Nursing Award is supported by Learning Disability Practice and sponsored by Cambian.



Cambian is one of the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services in learning disabilities, autism, mental health rehabilitation, education, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, impaired hearing and, more recently, children’s residential care, fostering and specialised services for children experiencing sexual trauma. Our passion focuses on positive outcomes for the individuals we provide support and services to. Our nurses are critical in their delivery of care and support to ensure these outcomes can be achieved resulting in the highest possible quality of life.