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Learning Disability Nursing at York celebrates a successful 2012

Award-winning students have helped make 2012 an outstanding year for Learning Disability Nursing at York.

Matt Mclean, who completed his training in October, won the Nursing Times Student of the Year: Learning Disabilities Award. His commitment, scope of knowledge around key issues, drive, interest in the people that he works with and future leadership potential were all sited as reasons for his success. 

Paul Evans, Learning Disability Field of Practice lead, said, “Matt was outstanding academically and in practice. The award recognised his ability to unpick and analyse complex situations in practice and apply his knowledge base to interventions with clients and their families/carers.”

Michelle Parker holding her award‌Third year Learning Disability student Michelle Parker won the Fiona Law Practice Innovation Award. The challenge was to write a 500 word piece entitled ‘Improvement, Inclusion, Involvement: if someone with a learning disability was writing the story of their day what part would you play and how would you be portrayed?' Following this success, Michelle has been asked to present a campaign and poster at next year’s Positive Choices conference in March at the University of Cumbria.

In October, Michelle also became Student Nursing Times Editor for Learning Disability students. Michelle said, “I’m really excited about becoming the face of learning disability student nurses. I’ll be contributing to the magazine in a number of ways such as judging the Nursing Times Awards, online surveys and answering questions students ask.”

Ranked as being 'outstanding' for practice experience in a recent NMC monitoring audit, the learning disability nursing programme prepares students to work with people with learning disabilities across a range of community based settings.

Further information

If you would like to discover more about Learning Disability Nursing at York visit: www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/nursing/learning-disability/