Student nurse editor, Michelle Parker, highlights the dwindling number of learning disability nurses
Last year the Scottish government produced a report - Strengthening The Commitment, The Four Nation Report For The Modernising Of Learning Disability Nursing DH (2012).
It highlighted the dwindling numbers of learning disability nurses at a time when the population of people with learning disabilities was increasing.
Learning disability nurses are showing that we are fully committed to the future of our profession and our client group
In response, the UK agreed to strengthen the commitment to ensure that there would be a strong community of learning disability nurses to meet the growing needs of the LD client group.
I was lucky enough to sit on the implementation group for England as student representative which gave me a brilliant opportunity to be involved with shaping the future of learning disability nursing.
Much work has been happening in the last year to meet the 17 recommendations highlighted as priorities for this work to succeed. There have been numerous steering and implementation group meetings where ideas have been shared and progress is starting to take place, but the main area where progress is growing is within the learning disability nurse community.
We owe it to the learning disability client group to stand strong and united to secure a better future for each and every one of them
We have been encouraged to take ownership of strengthening the commitment and implement its recommendations in daily practice and in response to this @ldnursechat are using its social media presence on twitter to connect nurses and are also asking all learning disability nurses at any stage in their career to make their own #StCPledge. You can find details here.
Learning disability nurses are showing that we are fully committed to the future of our profession and our client group; we are making a difference and strengthening the commitment.
If you are not involved and would like to be, please join the groups, get involved in the twitter chats, make your StC pledge. We owe it to the learning disability client group to stand strong and united to secure a better future for each and every one of them.
If you would like any information about these projects or want to get involved contact me on twitter @ldstudentnurse or leave a comment here and I will get back to you.
Michelle Parker is the learning disabilities student nurse editor for Student Nursing Times.