Scotland’s chief nursing officer has praised the work of learning disability nurses across the country at a major conference and report launch.
Fiona McQueen reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment to learning disability nursing in Scotland at the conference, which saw the launch of the Strengthening the Commitment: Living the Commitment report (see PDF top-right).
“I would like to thank each and every professional who has made such a valuable contribution”
Professor McQueen joined the other CNOs at the event in Derby to highlight the contributions and achievements of their learning disability nurses.
The new report is a follow-up to the 2012 Strengthening the Commitment: The report of the UK Modernising Learning Disabilities Nursing Review.
Professor McQueen noted that a lot had been achieved in expanding the skills, knowledge and competencies of learning disability nurses during the past three years.
Professor McQueen said: “I’m delighted to be launching this report, which identifies the achievements of learning disability nurses and celebrates their innovative and successful work in a range of settings.
“I would like to join my fellow CNOs in congratulating and thanking each and every professional who has made such a valuable contribution,” she said.
“I am so proud to see the progress made and the level of engagement and support for this work. It is making a real difference to people with learning disabilities and the nursing profession,” said Professor McQueen.
“I look forward to working with everyone in continuing this important work, which plays such a vital role in our communities,” she added.
Also yesterday, NHS leaders in England launched a national review into mortality levels among patients with learning disabilities.
The project is intended to help the NHS reduce premature deaths among this group of patients, they said.