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Value of learning disability nurse role in children’s hospitals

Can learning disability nurses enhance perceptions of capacity among hospital staff?

Learning disability nurses are valued in children’s hospitals, but it is unclear if they enhance perceptions of capacity or confidence among other staff

This study explored the nature and extent of learning disability nurse provision in children’s hospitals in England and the perceptions of staff.

Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 48 senior staff from 15 children’s hospitals, including a subset of professionals employed in a learning disability nurse role. Anonymised surveys were completed by 1,681 clinical and non-clinical staff, 45% of whom worked in hospitals with dedicated learning disability nurse provision.

Eight of the 15


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