A little bit about me
I qualified as a registered nurse (Learning Disability) in 2007. I have had the privilege of working with and for people with learning disabilities both in institutions and the community. After qualifying I undertook my preceptorship in a secure hospital for people with learning disabilities who had been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Since then I have been working within a Community Learning Disabilities Team supporting individuals with learning disabilities, their families and carers, and other health professionals to meet their individual health needs and to challenge the inequalities in healthcare faced by people with learning disabilities.
During this time I have had the privilege of care co-ordinating the resettlement of individuals affected by the closure of the NHS campus services in 2008-2010.
In 2015 I joined the School of Health Sciences at UEA. I teach and facilitate learning across different programmes. I am currently undertaking my Masters in Higher Educational Practice.
Key Research Interests
I have a particular interest in research relating to the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and overcoming the barriers in accessing healthcare. I am interested in communication, behaviours seen as ‘challenging’, chronic health issues and palliative care.
My teaching interests include communication, empowerment, barriers to accessing healthcare, societal perception of disability, and community nursing. My primary teaching and facilitation relates to supporting people with learning disabilities across all sectors of healthcare; although many of the issues that are addressed within this field of nursing are highly applicable to a wider range of service user.
I am also privileged to work alongside different service users and carers who bring a unique perspective to the teaching of healthcare practitioners.
I continue to practice within a local community learning disabilities team.
I am a panel member of the new Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme.