Registered Nurse (Learning Disability)
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies 2:1 (APU)
MSc (by research)
I qualified as a registered nurse (Learning Disability) in 1981. I have had the privilege of working with and for people with learning disabilities both in institutions and the community. After qualifying I worked in a hospital on different wards until 1986. I then worked in Suffolk for three years setting up and managing a community unit for individuals with profound learning disabilities.
In 1989 I managed a community unit in Norfolk, again for people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs.
In 2000 I joined the School of Nursing Sciences UEA. I teach and facilitate learning across different programmes as well as being Service User Lead within the school.
The Use of Listening Dyads as Part of Peer Reflection: Capturing Values Based Nursing Practice,UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
I have undertaken primary research for my Masters. I am interested in qualitative research that related to individuals’ lived experiences and how these can influence contemporary nursing care.
My primary teaching and facilitation relates to learning disabilities in general; although I do take a specific interest in communication, the use of language, societal perceptions of disability, risk analysis and accessibility of mainstream health services for people with a learning disability.
I am actively engaged with nurse mentoring and teach on the different mentor programmes within the school. I have taught overseas, sharing the school’s mentoring programme with nurse, lecturers and clinicians in Malawi.
I am also privileged to work alongside different service users and carers who bring a unique perspective to the teaching of healthcare practitioners.
I enjoy ‘doing different’; developing more questioning, discursive and interactive learning with all students whatever their field of nursing.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- I am an accredited NMC reviewer.