For immediate release: 21 January 2015
Education experts have recommended the introduction of a competency framework to strengthen learning disability education for all nursing students, in a new report published today.
Based on existing good practice, Learning Disabilities - Meeting the Educational Needs of Nursing Students, co-authored by the Learning and Disabilities Nursing Academic Network(LIDNAN) and the Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) also includes recommendations forall universities who deliver nurse education to have a link lecturer for learning disabilities and involve people with learning disabilities and their carers across their programmes.
Sue Beacock, Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities at the University of Hull said:
‘This report will support colleagues and policy makers to better understand current challengesand to meet the growing need for all health and social care staff to know how to work with and care for people with a learning disability.’
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
‘Our members play a crucial role in educating students to work with people with learning disabilities across all health settings and this report highlights ways in which universities can ensure learning disabilities is reflected in all nursing courses.
Although this report is focused on the fields of nursing, this is an issue for all health and social care professionals. Our hope is that this will be a first step in a wider debate about education across the professions’.