You’re passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and helping some of the most vulnerable people in society, but do you know about the wide range of career opportunities that you will be eligible for after successful completion of our BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing course? Here's just a few of the numerous specialist areas that could be open to you after you successfully complete your degree...
Specialist epilepsy clinics
Specialist epilepsy clinics for people with learning disabilities provide support for people who have epilepsy that's difficult to control. At a specialist level, this may also involve you as a nurse both prescribing and running nurse-led clinics.
Community Learning Disability Nursing Teams
You would carry a caseload and support people with learning disabilities, as well as their families, to live in the community, usually in their own homes. This may include providing training and education to carers as well as therapeutic and clinical skills. This can involve you performing a more specialist role, for example community nurses can dedicated to challenging behaviour, epilepsy, older adults etc.
Specialist residential support units
These units are for people with learning disabilities and other needs, such as challenging behaviour, physical disabilities or autism, where 24-hour nursing care is provided for this specialist group. Working in this setting may also offer the opportunity for develop into a managerial role.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS)
In this setting you would support children and young people who have learning disabilities and mental health problems in the community. This can include supporting children with challenging behaviours.
This can include interim secure units and prisons, supporting people with learning disabilities who have gone through the criminal justice system, for example arsonists, sexual disorders/crimes etc.
Hospital liaison/Health facilitation
This role involves liaising with GPs, doctors and nurses in primary care settings to enable people with learning disabilities to access the primary care they need.
You could work as a school nurse in a school with children who have learning disabilities.