Community open day set to inspire the county’s next generation of learning disability nurses

Community open day set to inspire the county’s next generation of learning disability nurses

The University of Cumbria and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are teaming up to show the invaluable and positive impact learning disability nurses in Cumbria have on the local community at an upcoming open day in Barrow in June.

The premise of the event is to encourage people considering applying for learning disability nursing at the University of Cumbria to come to find out if nursing is for them.

Quite unlike typical open days, there will be a chance to meet university alumni who have been through the course and are now working in the community. In fact, the entire learning and disability nursing team based in Barrow are alumni, who are all dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives every day.

Also on hand, will be individuals and their carers who use the services of the learning disability team, helping to answer questions and show how their needs are being met by the incredible work of these professionals.

Jo Marshall, Programme Lead, Learning Disability Nursing University of Cumbria, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to organise this event to promote learning disability nursing.  Our partnerships with local practitioners ensures that together we train learning disability nurses to provide the best person-centred support for people with a learning disability and their families in local communities.

“Most of the learning disability nurses in the community were educated at the University of Cumbria and now mentor our current students in excellent and diverse placements across many different geographical areas of Cumbria. They consistently facilitate and champion individuals' rights as equal citizens, including promoting their autonomy and choices and social inclusion in the health care system."

Although nationally there appears to be a worrying decline in people registering for learning disability nursing degree courses, the teams at the event want to show potential applicants that learning disability nursing is a positive choice that offers a rewarding and challenging career.

Kay Lynas, Team Leader of the Specialist Community Learning Disability Team at CPFT, said:

“The specialist community learning disability team are honoured to be working with the University of Cumbria to highlight the role and skills of learning disability nursing. 

“It is a unique field of nursing that is hard to describe in one sentence. Our role is to support people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings to enable them to reach their full potential.  

“If you would like to know more, please come along to this event where members of our team and will be on hand to share with you their vision, skills, knowledge, care and compassion that is at the heart of working with individuals with a learning disability.”

This event comes in the light of the current campaign celebrating 70 years of the NHS. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to talk about the wide array of career opportunities on offer. The NHS is the UK’s largest employer and the event will use stories from health professionals and service users to inspire the future workforce.

The event takes place at the The Grasmere Suite, Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness 11am-3pm. To register go to the University of Cumbria’s website.