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Ian Unitt

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Third year, learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton

Ian Unitt, third year, learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton

Ian Unitt, third year, learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton

Hello! My name is Ian and I am your new Student Nursing Times editor for the branch of learning disability nursing.

I arrived in the field fairly late in life after spending the previous 20 years working as an inspector on the railway. If I am being totally honest, the work didn’t really fulfil me and after much deliberation I applied for a job supporting people with learning disabilities and autism with a local provider.

This was my first real experience of being around people with learning disabilities and I was hooked from the start – I loved the work and the people I helped support; it was the first time in my life that I had a job that I enjoyed and an idea of what my future career could look like.

During my time as a support worker, I rediscovered my passion for learning and I spent two years studying towards a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care which I passed in 2016.

From there I applied for a place at the University of Wolverhampton to study learning disability nursing and I am currently just starting my third year (it’s all going so quickly!).

Over the next 12 months, I am hoping to use this platform to raise the profile of the learning disability nursing field and to highlight the issues that are important to people with learning disabilities and autism. I would also like to raise awareness of the health inequalities that people face, which as future nurses we can all play a part in reducing.

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