We hope that you have had a good month, we have been as busy as always!
Nursing and healthcare students at Swansea University have listened to Paul’s Story this month, both online and in person. We visited St David’s Park in Carmarthen for the first time in a very long while, and it was lovely to see the students and we had some great questions and conversations at the end of the presentation. One of the students came to speak with us beforehand as she had worked as one of Paul’s carers, so it was an emotional chat with her as she shared her memories of him. She said that it had been a privilege to work with Paul as he had such a sense of joy and such a wonderful sense of humour!
Mid-month, we met up with representatives from Welsh Government and Improvement Cymru to discuss the launch last month of the Paul Ridd Learning Disability Awareness Training. We discussed how any feedback will be assessed and how they will monitor the uptake of the training. There will be a campaign during the summer to highlight the training and to encourage each health board to mandate it on their E-Learning system. We are pleased to say that the training is also available to nursing students in Wales via the learning@wales forum, so if you are a nursing student go take a look and let us know how you get on!
Last week we attended Swansea University to be part of a group of service users and carers supporting them in their final meeting with the Nursing & Midwifery Council for approval of the new Learning Disability Nursing degree course. It was great to be part of such a positive and enthusiastic group and we were delighted to hear that the course has been approved! This means that Learning Disability Nursing will now be available in both Swansea University and the University of South Wales, which is wonderful news.