The Valued People Project: users' views on learning disability nursing

Gates, Bob ORCID: 0000-0001-7822-6905 (2013) The Valued People Project: users' views on learning disability nursing. British Journal of Nursing, 20 (1). pp. 15-21. ISSN 0966-0461

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A well-educated and trained workforce is undoubtedly crucial to the development of quality care for people with learning disabilities. Notwithstanding this, and unsure as to the need to continue to commission educational programmes for one part of this workforce—pre-registration learning disability nursing—South Central Strategic Health Authority commissioned the Valued People Project to undertake a detailed strategic review of educational commissioning, along with a review of the specialist learning disability health workforce more generally. This project has recently been completed, and provides a unique evidence-based expert evaluation of the future strategic direction of education commissioning and leadership for workforce issues in specialist learning disability services, as well as the wider NHS workforce. This is the first in a series of articles that reports on one aspect of the project: the focus group work undertaken with parents and relatives of people with learning disabilities, and people with learning disabilities themselves, as to the need and type of health workforce needed to support them in the future. The article concludes by identifying the key messages of importance from parents and people with learning disabilities concerning the future specialist and wider NHS workforce.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Uncontrolled Keywords: Focus groups, Learning disabilities, nursing, Parents, People with learning disabilities, Specialist learning, disability, health, workforce
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 16:27


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