Learning disability nursing

Learning disability student showing woman how to care for a baby

Learning disability nursing

Awarded by Kingston University

Learning disability nurses support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities through improving or maintaining their physical and/or mental health. Kingston and St George’s leading research in learning disability, outstanding academic team and passionate students seek to contribute to the quality of life of approximate 1.2 million people in the UK.


Workforce development

Pre-qualifying status qualification

Post-registration course for continuing personal and professional development

Eligible to be completed on a stand-alone or continuous module-by-module basis within a five year period

Why choose us?

  • Our teaching team includes Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, a leading researcher in learning disability nursing and an expert in the palliative care of people with learning disabilities
  • Highly respected honorary and guest lecturers shape our teaching, including Dr Ben Thomas, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Dementia Care Professional Officer for the Department of Health, and Phil Boulter, Consultant Nurse at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • You will share learning with the adult, child and mental health students to enhance your skills in caring for clients from these fields who also have a learning disability
  • An adult insight placement will enable you to develop the physical health skills needed in learning disability nursing

Employment prospects
Learning tools and facilities
Student benefits and support
Practice placements
Extra practice learning opportunities

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Learning disability nursing news

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Kingston University and St George’s achieve 14 shortlisted entries for Student Nursing Times Awards 2016

School of Nursing shortlisted for a record number of awards celebrating excellence in studies and commitment to the healthcare profession.

Positive Choices

Positive Choices Conference 2014 inspires learning disability nurses for years to come

The 10th Annual Positive Choices Learning Disability Student Nurse Conference, hosted by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. Key professionals and service users also joined the event to celebrate excellence in learning disability nursing practice.“The legacy of the Conference will be to inspire both current and future generations of Registered Learning Disability Nurses, and clearly cementing the future of the profession,” Trish said.

Patients with Learning

Study reveals patients with learning difficulties can become invisible in hospitals

Report co-author Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, a senior research fellow in nursing at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, said people with learning disabilities were largely invisible within hospitals, which meant their additional needs were not recognised or understood by staff. “Our study found many examples of good practice, but also many where the safety of people with learning disabilities in hospitals was at risk,” she added.



Learning disability nursing research

Nurse outside hospital with two patients

Promoting a safer hospital environment

Hospital patients with learning disabilities face longer waits and mismanaged treatment due to nursing staff’s failure to understand them, according to a report released in 2014 by a research team, including Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne.

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Improving end of life care for people with learning disabilities

Pioneering research by Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, into end of life and palliative care for people with learning disabilities, has helped transform services and change public policy in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.