Learning Disability: Nurses

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many learning disability nurses have been trained in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows the number of new learning disability nurse training places that were filled in the last five years in England. The department in England does not collect this information for the rest of the United Kingdom.

The table includes the students enrolled on both the degree and diploma courses.

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Learning disability nurse trainees 723 642 574 618 603

Source

: Multi-professional education and training budget monitoring returns.

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Mary O'Toole
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 9:11 am (Report this annotation)

Moving in the right direction, but still far too few. The 'social model of disability' has a lot to answer for, as individuals with Learning Disabilities have many health issues caused by their social impairments, which need medically trained community based support staff. In both residential and supported living situations the default qualification of an NVQ is totally inadequate in many circumstances. The sector is under-resourced, underpaid and under-educated ('training' is not enough)