Biography

PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCE, RNLD, RNT, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

About

I have developed my experience and knowledge of people with a learning disability and autism by working in assorted care settings that have afforded me the opportunity to understand the differing complex issues that surround caring for people with multifaceted needs. This has also included working with people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system and those who have been detained under mental health legislation.

These environments have been varied in character and have included an adolescent mental health unit, specialing contracts supporting people with challenging needs, a prison and privately run homes/hospitals for people with a learning disability and other complex needs (for example, mental health and/or autism) who require specialist services.

I have worked within a residential home and as a community nurse with both roles requiring me to work collaboratively and effectively with people with learning disabilities, family carers and members of the multi-agency team so that the best possible service delivery is identified and provided.  The role of community nurse involved me undertaking all the responsibilities associated with managing a diverse and complex caseload and meeting peoples needs, supervising junior staff, staff training, deputising for the Team Leader and working jointly in a multi-disciplinary team. This role also involved undertaking risk assessments, writing care plans, developing interventions and working with people with learning disabilities and their carers (formal or informal) in order to understand and meet individual needs.

I was Senior Lecturer and Branch Tutor for the learning Disability nursing programme at the Unit for Development in Intellectual Disability, University of South Wales and facilitated teaching on pre and post-registration nursing and other courses at Diploma, Degree and Masters levels.

I am currently the course director for the learning disability nursing programme here at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. Main teaching areas:

Main areas of interest and teaching are:

Learning disability nursing; Mental health needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism; Forensic issues and People with a Learning Disability and/or autism; Mental Health law; Challenging behaviour; Staff Support; Phenomenology; Interpretative phenomenological analysis; Psychological, sociological and philosophical concepts to understand the lived experience; Qualitative Research; Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome; Family Carers; Parents who have a learning disability.

Shortlisted for Lecturer of the Year Student Nursing Times Awards 2014

Nominated for Lecturer of the Year RCN Wales Awards 2016

Publications

James, N. (2016) ‘Undertaking research with family carers’, in Glasper, A. and Rees, C. (Eds) Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance, Chapter 74, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester.

James, N. (2016)‘Family carer’s experience of Assessment and treatment Units’ Llais 119, September 2016.

James, N. (2016) ‘Supporting carers’ during assessment and treatment unit admissions’ Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities 10(2): 116-127.

James, N. (2015) ‘Family carers’ experience of the need for admission of their relative with an intellectual disability to an Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU)’ Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20(1): 34-54.

Northway, R. Parker, M., James, N., Davies, L., Johnson, K., Wilson, S. (2015) 'Research teaching in learning disability nursing: exploring the views of student and registered learning disability nurses' Nurse Education Today35(12): 1155-60.

Moyle, J. and James, N. (2015) ‘Role of reasonable adjustments in improving care: a case study’ Learning Disability Practice 18(2): 32-37.

James, N. (2014) 'Importance of good relationships between carers and professionals' Learning Disability Practice 17(8): 25-37.

New, S. and James, N. (2014) ‘Assessing the needs of offenders’ Learning Disability Practice 17(2): 14-18.

James, N. (2013) ‘Supporting families when relatives have to go into a hospital unit’ Community Living 27(2): 24-25

James, N. (2013) 'Enhancing relationships between family carers and professionals' Learning Disability Practice 16(6): 34-37

James, N. (2013) 'How families perceive the care-giving experience' Learning Disability Practice 16(3): 32-37

James, N. (2013) 'The formal support experiences of family carers of people with an intellectual disability who also display challenging behaviour and/or mental health issues – What do carers say?' Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 17(1): 5-22

James, N. (2011) ‘Working with families’, in Atherton, H. and Crickmore, D. (Eds) Learning Disability: Towards Inclusion (6th Ed.), Chapter 22, Elsevier Ltd, London.

James, N. (2010) ‘Supporting parents with a learning disability' Learning Disability Practice 13(2): 12-17.

James, N. (2009) ‘Allergies’, in Gates, B. and Barr, O. (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing, Chapter 17, Section 17.12 Emergencies Section, Open University Press, London.

James, N. (2009) ‘Adverse reactions to medications’, in Gates, B. and Barr, O. (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing, Chapter 17, Section 17.13 Emergencies Section, Open University Press, London.

James, N. (2009) ‘Medication error’, in Gates, B. and Barr, O. (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing, Chapter 17, Section 17.14 Emergencies Section, Open University Press, London.

James, N. (2009) ‘Needle stick/sharps injuries’, in Gates, B. and Barr, O. (Eds) Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing, Chapter 17, Section 17.15 Emergencies Section, Open University Press, London.

James, N. (2007) ‘Adult with a Moderate Learning (Intellectual) Disability Experiencing Status Epilepticus’, Human Patient Simulator UK Program for Nursing Curriculum Integration (PNCI), METI: Florida.

James, N. (2007) ‘Adult with Profound and Multiple Learning (Intellectual) Disability and Pneumonia’, Human Patient Simulator UK Program for Nursing Curriculum Integration (PNCI), METI: Florida.

Jenkins, R., Wheeler, P. and James, N. (2006) ‘Care planning in residential settings’, in B. Gates (Ed), Care planning and delivery in intellectual disability nursing, pp. 239-254, Blackwell Publishing Ltd: Oxford.

Wheeler, P. and James, N. (2006) ‘Health and Hygiene’, in Intimate and Personal Care with People with Learning Disabilities, pp. 62-79, Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

James, N. and Wheeler, P. (2006) ‘Adults with mild learning disabilities: Promoting independence’, in Carnaby, S. and Cambridge, P. (Eds) Intimate and personal care with people with learning disabilities, pp. 120-132, Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Jenkins, R. Wheeler, P. and James, N. (2006). “The Role of the Registered Nurse, Intellectual Disabiliy in Residential Settings” in Gates, B. (Ed). Care Planning and Care Delivery in Residential Settings, London, Routledge.

Conference presentations

James, N. (2016) ‘Family carers' experience of their relative's need for admission to an Assessment and Treatment Unit’, British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016, April 26th

James, N. (2015)  ‘Family carers' experience of their relative's need for admission to an Assessment and Treatment Unit’, Faculty of Intellectual Disability Annual Conference, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, September 30th - October 1st

James, N. (2014) ‘Family carers' experience of their relative's need for admission to an Assessment and Treatment Unit’, 49th Annual Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference, Fremantle, Australia, November 5th-7th

James, N. (2014) Poster presentation ‘Family carers’ experience of the need for admission of their relative with a learning disability to an Assessment and Treatment Unit’, Aneurin Bevan University Local Health Board Research and Development Conference, Newport, South Wales, June 24th

James, N. (2014) ‘An accessible education tool for ladies with a learning disability about having a smear test’, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Annual Conference, Cardiff, South Wales, May 22nd 

James, N. (2013) Poster presentation ‘Family carers’ experience of the need for admission of their relative with a learning disability to an Assessment and Treatment Unit’, SEATTLE Club Conference, Cardiff, South Wales, December 9th-10th 

James, N. (2007) ‘Programme for Nursing Curriculum Integration (PNCI): A United Kingdom Approach - Adult with a Moderate Learning (Intellectual) Disability Experiencing Status Epilepticus’, Medical Education Technologies, Inc. Human Patient Simulator 2007 Conference (HPSN 07), Tampa, Florida, February 20th-23rd 

James, N. (2007) ‘Using simulation to learn how to meet the needs of people with more complex issues’, UK Simulation in Nursing Education Conference, Bristol, England, June 15th 

James, N. (2008) ‘Community Learning Disability Nursing and Multi-disciplinary teams’, Montreal, Canada, June 3rd 

James, N. (2010) ‘You can help to make things better’, Royal College of Nursing Congress 2010, Bournemouth, England, April 27th 

Key Research Interests

Learning disability issues. Autistic spectrum disorder. Forensic issues and people with a learning disability and/or autism. Family Carers. Parents with a learning disability. Qualitative research methods. Phenomenology. Interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Professional Activities

Editorial Advisory Board for Learning Disability Practice

Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

Editorial Advisory Board for the British Journal of Learning Disabilities

Book review editor for the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities

Learning/Intellectual Disability Academic Network

Chair of Learning/Intellectual Disability Education and Curriculum Development work stream