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People with a learning disability have worse health than people without a learning disability and are more likely to experience a number of health conditions as a result. 

Despite this, NHS figures from 2012-2022 show that the number of registered learning disability nurses in England has fallen by 31% in the past decade - from 4,353 to 2,983 comparatively.

In 2019, we funded a scoping review, undertaken by the University of West London, to identify learning disability nursing interventions and their impact on the health of people with a lived experience of a learning disability.

We will fund a series of research and education projects to support the needs and outcomes of people living with a learning disability and the nursing staff who support them.

These projects will begin late 2023 and take place over a four year period.

Meet Samantha

Following the arrival of her second daughter who has Down's Syndrome, Samantha decided to change careers. She was awarded an Into Nursing education grant of ¬£7,500 to undertake a BSc in Learning Disability Nursing, enabling her to support people with learning disabilities.


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Funding call for research study that explores the impact of Learning Disability Nurses

We're seeking applications for a research study exploring the impact of LD Nurses on health inequalities for people with a lived experience of a learning disability.

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Resources to help people with learning disabilities understand the benefits of vaccinations

The RCN Foundation, NHS England and charity, Beyond Words, have developed three illustrated resources designed to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.

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The RCN Foundation fund scoping review at University of West London

In 2019, the RCN Foundation funded the University of West London to undertake a scoping review of learning disability nursing. A four part report was produced to illustrate their findings.