New report calls for LD competency framework for all nursing students

22 January 2015

Download Learning Disabilities: Meeting the Education Needs of Nursing Students

Education experts have recommended the introduction of a competency framework to strengthen learning disability education for all nursing students, in a new report published today.

Based on existing good practice, Learning Disabilities – Meeting the Educational Needs of Nursing Students, co-authored by the Learning and Disabilities Nursing Academic Network (LIDNAN) and the Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) also includes recommendations for all universities who deliver nurse education to have a link lecturer for learning disabilities and involve people with learning disabilities and their carers across their programmes.

Sue Beacock, Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities at the University of Hull said:

‘This report will support colleagues and policy makers to better understand current challenges and to meet the growing need for all health and social care staff to know how to work with and care for people with a learning disability.’

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:

‘Our members play a crucial role in educating students to work with people with learning disabilities across all health settings and this report highlights ways in which universities can ensure learning disabilities is reflected in all nursing courses.

Although this report is focused on the fields of nursing, this is an issue for all health and social care professionals. Our hope is that this will be a first step in a wider debate about education across the professions’.



Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information:
  2. The Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing Academic Network (LIDNAN) is a UK network of professionals interested in the education of learning disability nurses. The Network has been developed as a result of Strengthening the Commitment Report (2012) and intends to support the implementation of the educational recommendations within this report.
  3. Learning Disabilities – Meeting the Educational Needs of Nursing Students is a project led by the UK Learning and Disabilities Nursing Academic Network in partnership with the UK Council of Deans of Health. The project was overseen by a working group.
  4. The Report has ten recommendations in which higher education provision can best exercise their responsibility to ensure that competence in care for people with learning disabilities is reflected across all its nursing pre-registration courses
  5. For more information on this press release, please call 07805 873882  or contact Jonathan Eames, Project and Communications Officer, Council of Deans of Health




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One response to “New report calls for LD competency framework for all nursing students”

  1. Louise L Clark says:

    Please see competencies developed for both adult nurses and midwives which have been in use for both pre registration and post qualification nurses at King’s College London for some time now:
    While A & Clark L.L (2013) Development of a competency tool for adult trained nurses caring for people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Nursing Management. Available on line: 30 Jan 2013

    Beake S. Clark L.L, Turner T. & Bick D. (2013) A mixed methods study to develop and pilot a competency assessment tool to support midwifery care of women with intellectual disabilities. Nurse Education Today.33, 901-906

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