GCU to host learning disability and adult nursing event

16 March 2015

First-year Learning Disability and Adult Nursing students will come together at the event

First-year Learning Disability and Adult Nursing students will come together at the event

Nursing students from across Scotland will gather at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this week for the first day of a two-day conference.

Organised by GCU’s Isla McGlade, Clinical Academic in Learning Disability Nursing, and Dr Diane Willis, Lecturer in Nursing and Healthcare at the University of Glasgow, the event is aimed at first-year Learning Disability and Adult Nursing students.

As well as giving the students an opportunity to network, the conference will provide an overview of learning disability research, good practice in the field and a flavour of some of the services available to support people with learning disabilities and their carers.

Linda Allan, Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government and Nurse Consultant in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, will present a session on ‘The keys to life – enabling people with learning disabilities to participate and prosper’.   Other speakers will include Allison O’Donnell and Liz Smith, from the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, who will present on ‘Palliative care for people with learning disabilities’ and Sybil Lang, Health Education Development Officer at College Development Network, will speak on ‘Widening access to support people with learning disabilities’.

GCU’s Alan Middelton, Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing, will present on ‘Sexual health interventions for people with learning disabilities, including men who have sex with men: an integrative review’.

Dr Diane Willis will discuss research in learning disability.

Isla McGlade said: “The School of Health and Life Sciences at GCU is pleased to welcome nursing students from across the country.

“It is hoped this event will foster a better understanding of the needs and services available for people with learning disabilities and create a knowledge exchange between the students.”

The first day of the conference will take place at GCU on Tuesday, March 20 and day two will be held in the Carlton Resource Centre in Glasgow on Tuesday, March 27.