Category Archives: learning difficulties

Nurses will be given the chance to learn about Learning Disabilities

Rotation scheme boosts learning disability nurse recruitment

9 March, 2012 | By The Press Association

Newly-qualified nurses have been given the chance to specialise in learning disabilities as part of a new ‘rotation’ scheme in Hertfordshire.

The initiative has been introduced by Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPFT) to tackle a shortage of Learning Disability Nurses (LDNs).

Through links with local higher education institutes, the scheme allows nurses to experience a number of different specialist areas in their first year of employment, before deciding to focus on just one.

NHS ‘Failing those with learning difficulties

The charity Mencap says the NHS is guilty of institutional discrimination against people with learning difficulties and is calling on the government to tackle the issue.

The report is the latest from Mencap to look at the way in which people with learning disabilities are treated in the health service following its 2007 investigation, Death by indifference.

Great news for carers with a £1.1m lottery funding project

Region wins £1.1m lottery funding

Published on Tuesday 14 February 2012 16:44


About 500 older people with learning disabilities and their carers will benefit from a new project in North Tyneside given more than £460,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

In total, £1.1 million is being awarded to four projects across the North East from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) Reaching Communities programme, which aims to help those most in need and build stronger communities.

The Learning Disabilities Federation will use the £463,058 grant to encourage independent living by allowing older people, many of whom rely on carers, to live in their own homes for longer.