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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities


Strengthening the Commitment the report of the UK review of Learning Disabilities Nursing was published 1n 2012.  This review aspired to

“ensure that people with learning disabilities of all ages, today and tomorrow, will have access to the expert learning disability nursing they need, want and deserve.”

 NES have undertaken and continue to drive a range of activities to support the implementation of the educational recommendations arising from the report.

NES continues to involve people with Learning Disability and their carers in all aspects of its work.  A particularly exciting development is the creations of a database. A leaflet has been produced to advertise the database and there is an application form. Currently NES are gathering the relevant details to in order to populate the database.

NES continues to support the development of an evidence and values based workforce. This is explored fully in  Improving Practice and working with people whose behaviour is perceived as challenging which is an educational resource for support workers.  The first successful trainers course has been undertaken and the 25 trainers facilitated 41 support workers. The feedback from both trainers and support workers suggests that this has greatly enhanced the care for people with a learning disability. 

The undergraduate Learning Disability Nurse programmes are supported by NES who facilitate the implementation of the National Model.

NES is exploring the role of the Learning Disability Nurse in relation to working with families and children.

NES endeavours to support the whole of the nursing workforce by continuing to make available educational resources that can be accessed from the links below.


Strengthening the Commitment can be viewed at

The new Learning Disability Nursing website was launched on Thursday 17th September 2015. The website aims to provide information about Learning Disability Nursing in Scotland, from courses that lead to a qualification to finding first jobs and career progression. It also
provides information about events, news to keep you up-to-date, advice and job

Visit the Publications and Resources page to access downloadable educational material relating to Learning Disabilities.