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Learning disability nurse

Alternative titles for this job include

Learning disability nurses help people with a learning disability to live as independently as possible.

Average salary (a year)

£24,907 Starter

to

£37,890 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a learning disability nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a degree in learning disability nursing approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Some degree courses let you study another area of nursing alongside learning disability nursing.

You may be able to join a nursing degree on the second year of a course if you already have a degree in:

  • a health-related subject
  • psychology
  • life sciences
  • social work

Full-time courses usually take 3 years.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a degree apprenticeship in nursing if you work in a healthcare setting like a hospital.

The apprenticeship takes around 4 years and is a mix of academic study and on-the-job training.

You must be supported by your employer to take this route.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Volunteering

You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in social care or healthcare work before you apply for nurse training.

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Registration

Career tips

It's possible to do a degree in learning disabilities nursing and social work. You'll need to check that the course is recognised by the relevant professional bodies. Course providers can advise you on this.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a learning disability nurse from the Nursing & Midwifery Council and Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties, you might give practical help and encourage patients to:

  • look after their personal hygiene
  • dress
  • use public transport
  • go on shopping trips
  • develop leisure interests or community activities
  • make and attend appointments
  • find a job

Working environment

You could work in the community, at an adult care home, at a client's home or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With further study and experience you could become an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nurse consultant. Consultants work directly and independently with patients, carry out research and develop and deliver training.

You could lead a team of nurses in a residential setting or manage a learning disability unit. You could also move into other management roles, like community matron or director of nursing.

You could also go on to train as a health visitor.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a learning disability nurse right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Nursing and Midwifery Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 25 January 2021
  • Location:

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Nursing)

  • Provider: EALING, HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 14 September 2021
  • Location: London

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