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Medical Needs of Adults with a Learning Disability HEA4505


This module has been designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working at a senior level and caring for people with a learning disability within their role to add to their skillset and to address a number of cross-cutting themes that will enable practitioners to provide high quality, person-centred care for adults with a learning disability. Successful completion of the module aims to enable learners to champion good care and provide clinical leadership in their workplace setting(s); for example, enabling practitioners to work in a ‘Learning Disability Physician/Practitioner Role’.

Module code:HEA4505
Module credits:30
Cost for new students:£1500 for 2024/25 academic year

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Who is this module for?

This module has been designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working at a senior level and caring for people with a learning disability within their role (you do not need to work specifically in learning disability services and can apply from primary care and secondary care).

Doctors working at a ‘senior level’ include:

  • General Practitioners (GPs) or GP registrars (ST3)
  • Psychiatrists or psychiatry registrars (ST5-6)
  • General medicine consultants or registrars (ST5-7)

What are the key aims of the module?

1. Critically appraise the impact of health inequalities, premature mortality, and multi-morbidity to systematically effect sound clinical leadership of the care of adults with a learning disability and a complex presentation of need within the wider multidisciplinary team.

2. Critically evaluate the non-standard presentation of illness (illness which may present atypically and therefore be easily missed) and the barriers to communication to manage person centred methods of assessment using multiple sources of complex data.

3. In the context of the wider MDT, apply in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills to synthesise, apply and critically evaluate a contemporary holistic person-centred management plan, advocating for individual human rights and using relevant legislation.

How will I study?

This module is delivered through a blend of in person teaching and online learning. Following an initial full day induction session, the remaining tutorials (5 x 3hr tutorials) will be delivered online. The module is delivered across two academic semesters.

What will I study?

The module will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours relating to specific areas of expertise that will include for example, genetics and syndromes, acute infective presentations, neurology and epilepsy, mental illness, behaviour that challenges and dementia, managing complexity and multi-morbidity, medicines management and communication. Within each area, cross-cutting themes such as person-centred care, application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, safeguarding, clinical leadership and coordination of the multidisciplinary team and application of reasonable adjustments will be considered.

How will I be assessed?

To demonstrate your achievement of the module learning outcomes you will have to complete two assessments.

The first assessment requires the submission of a portfolio of evidence where you must demonstrate meeting the requirements of an assessment decision aid which requires learners to undertake a minimum of three mini-CEX and three Case-based Discussions (CBD) in addition to other forms of supporting evidence.

You will also be required to submit a minimum of four critical reflections of personal professional development episodes linked to key patient-doctor interactions, including one reflection based upon patient and carer feedback.

Study dates and venues

Venue: RCP The Spine, Liverpool and online.

Starts: Monday 5 February 2024

Session times:

  • Monday 5 February 9.30am – 12.30pm, 1 – 4pm, face to face RCP
  • Tuesday 5 March 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 16 April 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 14 May 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 11 June 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 9 July 1-3pm, online

Venue: RCP The Spine, Liverpool and online.

Starts: Monday 3 February 2025

Session times:

  • Monday 3 February 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 4 March 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 15 April 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 13 May 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 10 June 1-4pm, online
  • Tuesday 8 July 1-3pm, online

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

Application for this module is a two-stage process, you should:

For more details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further details, please contact in the first instance.

Alternatively, you can contact the Medical School via email on