The Telford model: inspiring new leaders in learning disability nursing
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The Telford model: inspiring new leaders in learning disability nursing

Dale Nixon Lecturer in learning disability nursing, Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Clinical Education Centre, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Lynne Westwood Senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton, England
Helen Watkin Learning disability lead nurse, The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Claire Nicklin Community learning disability nurse, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Telford, England
Liz Bailey Community learning disability nurse, Powys Teaching Health Board, Wales
Angela Wilkinson Staff nurse, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Stafford, England

Supporting and mentoring learning disability nursing students can be rewarding for all parties, but the challenge is to ensure that the process is robust and effective. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for entry to the register require that all nursing students are competent in the four domains of professional values; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision-making; and leadership, management and team working. Providing nursing students with the opportunity to practise and become competent in these domains formed the basis of the Telford model’s development.

This article describes the model and explains how it works in practice, using the experiences of nursing students and their mentors. The article also shows how implementing the model can improve students’ competence and confidence while increasing placement capacity, which easily matches the new NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2019.e1984

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Nixon D, Westwood L, Watkin H et al (2019) The Telford model: inspiring new leaders in learning disability nursing. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2019.e1984

Published online: 12 September 2019

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