A group of eight Learning Disability Nurses, who completed the Queen’s Nurse Development Programme (QNDP) in 2021, were awarded the Learning Disabilities Nursing Award at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.
Catriona Jamieson, Rachel Gardiner, Craig Bell, Karen Laing, Carole Morrow, Heather Duff, Kerry Anderson, and Zoe Lightbody received the award for their work on the Think COULD animation, which judges said positively impacts the knowledge and attitudes of various health, social care and forensic professionals working in the criminal justice system.
Heather Duff receives the Award on behalf of the team.
With the generous support of The Burdett Trust for Nursing, the group of LD nurses launched ‘Think COULD,’ which is an original animated feature aimed at raising awareness of the need for improved support for individuals with learning disabilities within the justice system, back in May this year. The project was the LD cohort’s issue for development as part of their Queen’s Nurse journey, with the aim to promote a more inclusive and understanding environment for individuals with learning disabilities.
The animation has already had a significant impact, having been incorporated into National Police Scotland training. It has also been shared with Scotland’s prosecution service, The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, learning disability services across the UK, prison and custody suites in Scotland, and the Law Society of Scotland.
You can find out more about Think COULD here.