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
  • An average of 97 per cent of nursing students obtain employment within six months of qualifying.
Learning tools and facilities
  • Practice learning suite – a purpose-built facility where students can practise engaging with service users and performing care in a non-clinical environment. The suite is designed to simulate a home environment and is equipped with a live video monitoring room to enable teaching staff to observe and coach students.
Student benefits and support
  • Our unique annual learning disability get together sessions include high profile speakers from the world of learning disability nursing and an opportunity to meet former students.
  • Learning disability nursing students are supported by diverse and experienced clinical and academic staff throughout the course.
Practice placements
We have 18 practice partners for learning disability nursing from the NHS and private sector including:
  • London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton
Extra practice learning opportunities
Students have opportunities to undertake a national or international elective, at the end of year two for undergraduates, and the end of year three for postgraduates. Countries recently visited by learning disability students include Sierra Leone and Bulgaria.

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Learning disability nursing research

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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.