Learning disability nurse recognised for sleep service
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Learning disability nurse recognised for sleep service

Last year’s RCN Nursing Awards attracted their highest-ever number of entries, and the judges commended the finalists for their commitment, dedication and compassion.

Learning Disability Practice. 27, 1, 6-6. doi: 10.7748/ldp.27.1.6.s3

Published: 08 February 2024

The Learning Disability Nursing award winner was nurse development lead for learning disability nursing Julie-Anne Colvin for developing a sleep service for adults with learning disabilities.

Bespoke programme

Ms Colvin secured funding from her NHS trust, Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland, to employ a full-time sleep coordinator and provide sleep counsellor training for staff. As a result, service users receive bespoke programmes and intensive support to improve their sleep and live more independently.

Ms Colvin commented: ‘This is not just a win for me, but a win for the service, our service users and our families.

‘It raises the profile of sleep deprivation in adults with a learning disability and ultimately demonstrates that a measurable difference can be made.’

Read more at rcni.com/rcn-nursing-awards-2023

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