Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award – elearning for healthcare
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This programme is available on the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning (https://learninghub.nhs.uk/catalogue/Learning-Disability-Nursing-CPD-Award).

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About the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme

The Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award has been specially designed to provide a programme of continuing professional development for learning disability nurses. It can be used as both refresher training for core knowledge, as well as a programme of training to enable progression to various levels of practice and specialist roles. It also provides an opportunity for people from other nursing backgrounds to gain core knowledge about learning disability nursing.

This programme of continuing professional development supports the delivery of the All-England Plan for Learning Disability Nursing. It includes a range of topic areas relating to contemporary learning disability practice, including a foundation module which all learners must complete, followed by 3 specialist clinical pathways that can be chosen from:

  1. Learning disability nursing within specialist inpatient settings
  2. Learning disability nursing within community, forensic and intensive support
  3. Learning disability nursing within primary and acute care liaison

The programme forms a Qualification in Specialism (QiS) to provide a standardised pathway for nurses to develop in their specialist area, and is mapped to the Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting People with a Learning Disability. The curriculum is also mapped to:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Conduct to support revalidation
  • NHS England and Improvement Learning Disability Improvement Standards
  • NHS England Long Term Plan
  • HEE Competency Standards for Learning Disability and Autism

This flexible and accessible approach to learning enables learning disability nurses to balance their day-to-day practice alongside their continuing professional development.

More information

Learning disability nurses are one of the most diverse and adaptable professional groups, and they work in a variety of settings and roles. The profession continues to serve as a valued field of practice, providing an essential service to people with learning disabilities and their families.

The All-England plan for Learning Disability Nursing is the first of its kind to set out a universal offer for the learning disability nursing profession. It addresses those thinking about a career in learning disability nursing, those training to become a learning disability nurse, and those currently working as learning disability nurses.

The plan aims to invest in continuing professional development, create new competencies and refine specialist roles, and advance a dedicated career structure.

You can find out more about the All-England plan for Learning Disability Nursing here.

Primary and secondary audiences

The primary audience for this programme is learning disability nurses; however, other first level registered nurses from separate specialist fields may wish to further specialise in the field of learning disability, or learn about the profession.

Modules

  • Foundation module:

  • Pathway 1:

    Learning disability nursing within specialist inpatient settings
  • Pathway 2:

    Learning disability nursing within community, forensic and intensive support
  • Pathway 3:

    Learning disability nursing within primary and acute care liaison

Acknowledgements

In developing this programme, we offer a special thank you to the National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU), who piloted, evaluated, and co-produced the programme of learning.

In addition, we are particularly grateful for the support of the Royal College of Nursing, alongside those learning disability nurses who formed part of the pilot group to test the programme content and design.

  • Ellie Gordon

    Ellie Gordon

    Mental Health and Learning Disability Lead, NHS England
  • David Harling

    David Harling

    Deputy National Director for Learning Disability Nursing, NHS England
  • Ben Briggs

    Ben Briggs

    Senior Clinical Advisor, NHS England
  • Rebekka Campbell

    Rebekka Campbell

    Programme Manager, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Essi Niitymaki

    Essi Niittymaki

    Senior Project Manager, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Steven Gibbons

    Steve Gibbons

    Lead Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Grant

    Rachel Grant

    Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Campbell

    Alan Campbell

    Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Alex Cleary

    Alex Cleary

    Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Roger Ellison

    Roger Ellison

    Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Ian Blacklock

    Learning Designer, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Keiron Bradshaw

    Kieron Bradshaw

    Marketing and Communications Officer, NHSE elearning for healthcare

How to access

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To view the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme, select the View button below.  If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Learning Disability Nursing CPD Award programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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