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Following my initial training in Mental Health nursing I took up a post as a staff nurse in a Learning Disability hospital. After a number of years experience in the specialty I had the opportunity to complete a post-registration qualification in Learning Disability. Soon after this I completed a Diploma in Community Nursing in the area of Learning Disability. Following this period of formal education I felt that the area of counselling was one which had not been covered in sufficient depth during the courses I had undertaken in the past so I completed a certificate in counselling to assist me in my role. I was involved in setting up and running a respite care facility over a three-year period during which time I was able to complete a degree programme in Professional Development in Nursing.
If you are thinking of applying for a post within the community caring for adults and children with learning disabilities then you need to be able to work on your own initiative. You need to have good mediation skills and good organisational skills. Be sure that you would feel confident as a lone worker this way of working is not for everyone.
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