All learning disability nurses have the opportunity to develop in key specialist areas following the launch of the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award – an online training programme open to anybody with an interest in learning disability nursing by NHS England.
As well as providing a programme to enable progression to various levels of practice and specialist roles, the training can be used to enhance core knowledge, and can help to decrease variances in practice between services. It also provides an opportunity for people from other nursing backgrounds to gain knowledge of the fundamental aspects of learning disability nursing.
This fantastic step forward is part of work to advance a dedicated career structure for learning disability nursing. The training provides a programme of continuing professional development and enhances the skillset of learning disability nurses working within specialist areas of community, inpatient, acute and primary care services.
Accessing the elearning
The first session of the training programme is now live, with the 3 specialist clinical pathways to follow soon. To find out more and to access the training, please visit the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme page.
Students boost their confidence ahead of their first NHS role
Nursing students preparing for their first professional role can access updated resources to support them adjust to working life in the ‘Preparing for your Future as a Nurse’ programme which is on the NHS Learning Hub.
There are updates to the ‘What to expect from preceptorship’ section to support the new national preceptorship framework for nursing. More resources have been added to the self-care and wellbeing and clinical supervision sections, and the programme is easier than ever to digest with videos, infographics and links to useful external resources.
The content is available for all nursing students, you just need a Learning Hub account which is free to all NHS staff and students and can be accessed at any time which means students can work their way through it around their university or placement workloads and schedules.
The ‘Preparing for your Future as a Nurse’ programme was developed by the NHS England Workforce, Training and Education directorate. It includes information to help transition from being a student nurse into a first post as a registered nurse with advice for searching and applying for a first job, what to expect at the start, how to make the most of the early stages of a nursing career, and much more.
Visit the Preparing for Your Future as a Nurse programme to find out more.