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Scottish CNO praises learning disability nurses

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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”

Fiona McQueen

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.

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  • When practised in a competent, person centred manner this branch of nursing is fantastically rewarding. I hope it does get the attention it deserves.

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