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.

All Publications

Linsley, P., Wilkinson, S.


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.


Teaching Interests

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.