Celebrate Me: Evidencing the impact and securing the future of Learning Disability Nursing

The Foundation of Nursing Studies, an organisation dedicated to working with nurses and health and social care teams, have looked at the impact learning disability nurses have within care and why service users find them so valuable.

Using social media, FONS have gathered information onto how important it is for the profession to be sustained, to what extent the role of a learning disability nurse is understood, and the level of support required within a service.

On Wednesday 6 June, FONS held their annual event for Learning Disabilities. Care providers across the country are able to showcase the projects they have carried out over the past year and for the first time – Exemplar Health Care were in attendance. Service User Engagement Manager, Sophia Feurtado, showcased the excellent work LD nurses, care teams and service users have created at Pathways.Exemplar Health Care home – Pathways, has been working in collaboration with FONS to gather information and positive impact stories on project ‘Celebrate Me’. The project will see service users at the learning disability home create pieces of artwork to promote the campaign and bring attention to their achievements.

Practice Development Facilitator at FONS, Giselle Cope said: “The artwork created by Pathways is fantastic. Everyone here and at the Foundation of Nursing Studies absolutely loves the canvases. We have used the artwork to create a postcard of the Celebrate Me project, in the hope we can make more people aware about the fantastic work learning disability nurses carry out.

The postcards created have already been used to capture the thoughts of LD nurses across the country.“The projects carried out with Pathways have also influenced the way we work, and so will be rolling out similar methods of working with other care providers.”

Sophia will be working with service users at Pathways for the next part of the project which will explore story telling. Throughout Learning Disabilities week service users will creatively share their personal story and their thoughts on why LD nurses are so valuable to the quality of care they receive.