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Celebrating the centenary of learning disability nursing

Celebrating the centenary of learning disability nursing
27 June 2019

On Friday 21 June, a reception was held at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the centenary of learning disability nursing. 

The event, hosted by Baroness Sheila Hollins, professor of psychiatry in learning disabilities, brought together people with a learning disability, their families and learning disability nurses from across the country to mark the centenary of learning disability nursing - Peter Warburton, Lead Nurse Safeguarding Adults, NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group was invited to this event.

Peter started his career in the NHS as a learning disability nurse in 1984, before going on to take a psychology degree and then trained as a mental health nurse.

Peter has worked in Wandsworth for the community learning disability team as head of nursing, and later moved on to work for NHS England in patient safety and safeguarding.

In receiving an invitation to attend the centenary reception, Peter said:

“The invitation came out of the blue, it was a lovely surprise and I feel very honoured.  I used to work with Baroness Hollins in Wandsworth and I felt moved she remembered me.”

The event was organised by Health Education England, in partnership with NHS England, NHS Improvement, BILD, Books Beyond Words and Dance Syndrome. 

The reception included a brilliant dance performance by a young woman with downs syndrome, poetry readings, and speeches from families, carers and learning disability nurses.

In speaking of learning disability nursing, Peter said:

“The role is about supporting people through a complex system and helping them to understand their own complex needs.  There are ongoing issues to address in both health and social care for those whose voice isn’t heard or heard enough.

Learning disability nurses help people to live independent, happy and healthy lives, and are vital to developing solutions and shaping services.” 

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