BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing: University of the West of England

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BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing: University of the West of England, School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DD, Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 years full time
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Nursing is primarily a practice-based discipline, which values human beings. At its best it enables people to reach and maintain their health and social goals in order to achieve their optimum quality of life. Nursing is founded on the premise that human beings have dignity, are worthy of respect and have individual rights, responsibilities, needs and beliefs. However, nursing is not confined to boundaries of alleviating sickness and suffering but is also concerned with the whole person and the promotion of health and wellness in individuals.

The role of a Learning Disabilities Nurse is to help people with learning disabilities to participate within society. This may involve helping with daily living activities such as washing or helping them to use public transport so they can get to work each day. The practice of nursing involves complex partnerships with a variety of people and agencies, with carers, families and members of other professions.


Central to the core subjects of nursing theory and practice are supporting studies in biology, psychology, sociology, interpersonal skills and information technology as applied to health care in a learning disabilities nursing setting. There is a strong emphasis on the development of interprofessional and interpersonal skills, which are essential in establishing effective relationships with patients, clients, and colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting. Throughout the programme, research appreciation skills are developed in support of good practice.

Learning disability nurses aim to ensure that their clients' individuality and abilities are valued and respected. Because the care of people with learning disabilities is provided in the community, students will learn to work within a multi-agency framework, and will experience a wide variety of care environments. Clients will vary greatly in age and disability, and their uniqueness will need to be recognised by different intervention strategies and individual approaches. The branch programme reflects currenty philosophies of care and developments in learning disability nursing.

Careers/further study

Once registered, nurses can work within hospitals or the community for either the NHS, armed forces, prison service or a private sector employer. There is work available in all parts of the UK and in a wide range of specialities. Many opportunities exist for Learning Disability nurses to develop their career, through the ethos of life-long learning, at a pace that suits the individual.

Admissions and International Recruitment

Admissions and International Recruitment deals with enquiries and applications for all full-time undergraduate programmes. Contact us by

  • telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333
  • fax: +44 (0)117 32 82810
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  • letter: Admissions and International Recruitment, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

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