Nurse - Learning Disabilities

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Registered nurses (learning disabilities) help people with a range of physical and mental health conditions to achieve as much as they can in their daily lives. They assess clients’ needs, both physical and emotional, and provide appropriate care and support.

The Work

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Nurses working for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change pay scale. The current pay scales are from April 2021. A newly qualified nurse is on Band 5, £26,104 to £32,915 a year. A senior or specialist nurse is on Band 6, £33,072 to £40,736 a year.


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Getting In

To become a registered nurse (learning disabilities) you need a degree in nursing (SCQF Level 9-10).

Jobs are mainly in the National Health Service (NHS), in the community, in social work units and in nursing homes. You could also work in private hospitals, or for agencies. You can find NHS job vacancies in Scotland by visiting NHS Scotland Recruitment.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government runs the One Year Job Guarantee (OYJG) Scheme for newly qualified nurses and midwives to help improve their chances of finding work as well as developing their skills. The positions are one-year fixed term contracts at 22.5 hours a week, set at grade 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. For further details contact NHS Scotland Careers.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Tel: 020 7637 7181
Twitter: @nmcnews

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