Nursing Learning Disability and Social Work
Watch student Jerome Norris-Uttley talk about what it’s like to study both learning disability nursing and social work as a dual qualification.
Roles and responsibilities
Nursing and social work often run hand in hand, having the skills across both disciplines really helps with the care of patients and service users and opens an opportunity to work in either role.
Learning disability nurses could work within a hospital with both children and adults and within the community with a focus on their physical and mental health. This crosses over to a social workers role which is to support individuals and families in their home lives, at school and in hospitals for example; often during hardship, or changes to circumstances, with an aim to safeguard all from harm.
Their role is to help improve people's lives and give people the support they need to thrive.
Make a difference as a nurse...
My mum valued independence and didn't want her dementia to interrupt the way she lived the rest of her life. Paula's weekly visits gave Mum the attention and company she needed during a tough time. She was able to manage her illness and feel safe in her own home.
We managed to delay Lisa’s mother going into a nursing home for two years. She loved going into town and having cake every week and she didn't want to give that up. So we used to walk into town and I'd spend an hour every week talking to her about whatever she wanted.
Dementia is the main condition I work with. I travel with my clients – go to hospital with them, organise day care provision and voluntary sector support. It's all about making sure they’re receiving the right amount of care.
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