A Day In The Life Of...A Learning Disability Nurse


In December 2015 i-studentglobal spoke to a number of healthcare professionals to find out a bit more about their daily working lives. We spoke to Claire Fok, a recent De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Nursing graduate who works as a Learning Disability Nurse for the Outreach Adult Learning Disability Team. 

How long have you been working in your current role and how many people work within your department?

I've been working in my current job for under 1 year and there's between 10 and 15 people working in my department.

Is there such a thing as a typical working pattern? How many shifts do you usually work over a 4-week period?

Monday - Friday with a mix of early and late shifts. Early is 8am-4pm and late is 1pm-9pm.

What are your day to day duties?

Supporting people with learning disabilities and severe challenging behaviour by understanding what the function of the behaviour is. If the function can be addressed then the quality of life for that individual is far better. This is because they are being understood and their needs are being met. We also work with crisis cases in the attempt to prevent people from being sectioned and being placed into a secure inpatient setting. 

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