The Centre for Learning Disability Studies

About us

The Centre for Learning Disability Studies (tCLDS) was launched on 8 March 2012 and is dedicated to developing a highly educated and competent workforce who believe in using a value based, person centred approach.

Our primary functions are:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consultancy

The core focus of the centre is to provide our local NHS and PVI partners with a skilled and flexible workforce. Our programmes include a number of routes to being a qualified Learning Disability Nurse, including our BSc in Learning Disability Nursing, our 18 month ‘Flexible Work Based’ pathway to the BSc in Learning Disability Nursing and an accelerated 2 year pre-registration pathway to an MSc in Learning Disability Nursing.

Additionally, with host a number of short courses and one day workshops on a range of topics relevant to the field and to the lives of people with learning disabilities, our students and our partners:

  • NHS · Local authorities
  • The third sector
  • People with learning disabilities and their families.

Our staff

Working within an interdisciplinary team our skills are complementary.

Our Staff include senior academics with both national and international reputations in the field of learning disabilities. We have recently made a number of Honorary appointments that include:

  • Consultant clinical psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers and Speech and language therapists

Staff from the Centre currently contribute to a number of Journals in the field of learning disabilities as well as a number of key text books.

Our mission

The Centre for Learning Disability Studies (tCLDS) aims to prepare, support and sustain the development of the health and social care workforce.  We are dedicated in enabling health and social care staff wherever possible to work with people with learning disabilities, drawing on evidence based practice to support them to lead valued life styles.