What is it like to work as a Learning Disability Nurse?


What is Learning Disability Nursing?

Here's a brief insight into the role of a Learning Disability Nurse and the environments in which they may work.





Here's David's story on why he chose to study learning disability nursing and what his experience has been like working one on one with patients.





Watch this video from NHS health careers to hear stories from Learning Disability Nurses and their experiences working in the field.




This is Becky’s story about what it's like to study BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing. 

Learning Disabilities nursing is a fantastic career choice if you are committed, compassionate and keen to support and work in partnership with individuals of all ages, from children and young people, to the elderly. It’s a wonderfully rewarding profession, focused on helping people with Learning Disabilities maximise their potential, maintain their health and wellbeing, and – crucially – promote an increase their life expectancy. 



NHS Careers: Nursing Careers: working with people with learning disabilities

Here are some interviews of Learning Disability Nurses talking about what they enjoy in their role.




How can I become a Learning Disability nurse?

You can earn a salary whilst learning and gaining qualifications on the job using an apprenticeship route as a new starter or as an existing member of staff.  

You can find a Learning Disability nursing course to suit you using the Health Careers' Course Finder tool.

Below is a list of places within West Yorkshire and Harrogate that offer courses and possible alternative routes into Learning Disability nursing.


University of York

University of Hull


Nursing (Learning Disability)



Key Contacts for Learning Disability Nursing