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MSc Systemic Psychotherapy, PGCE, BA Hons, RNLD


My main interest is in facilitating the involvement of people with learning disabilities in all aspects of UDID’s work.

This is predominantly through the Teaching and Research Advisory Committee (TRAC).

To date this has included supporting people to: lecture on the nursing course; present at conferences; comment on the accessibility of documents (eg ethics and PhD theses); interview nursing candidates; curriculum planning and applying for funding and undertaking inclusive research.

I am particularly interested in exploring ways to facilitate the involvement of men and women with learning disabilities in all aspects of health professional education.


I have completed an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy.
Previous roles have included independent advocacy; sexuality training for FPA; residential youth offending; statutory and voluntary sector services.

I held a Health Professions Wales Research Fellowship in 2005.

In 2007 I worked on two Welsh assembly Government Equity Training and Advocacy Grant scheme projects – developing training materials for healthcare professionals.

Main teaching interests

  • Communication skills
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sexuality
  • Person Centred Planning



Jones, V. and Northway, R. (2006) Children with Learning Disabilities in E. A. Glasper, J. Richardson (Editors) A textbook of children’s and young people’s nursing. Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone.

Jones, V. Davies, R. and Jenkins, R. 2004. Self-harm by people with learning difficulties: something to be expected or investigated? Disability and Society.
Vol 19: 5: 487-500

Mansell, I. and Jones, V. 2003. Let’s get political. Learning Disability Practice. Vol 6 no 1 February. Pp12-13.

Conference Papers

Fothergill, A; Jones, V. and Evans, L. (2005) Working Together – Educationalists and Service Users Translating Rhetoric into Reality. “Where’s the Patient Voice in Health Professional Education Conference”. Vancouver, BC. November 2005.

Jones, V. and Davies, M. (2003). Disability Studies in the Context of Nurse Education. The Disability Studies Society Inaugural International Conference, Lancaster. September 2003.


Association of Family Therapy
UK Council for Psychotherapy
Youth Hostel Association


I work as a systemic family therapist with New Pathways in Merthyr Tydfil and Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s systemic therapeutic service for systems that include a member who has a learning disability. I have been a Trustee of a mental Health Charity and a People First Organisation.


Research Interests
  • Education
  • Sexuality
  • Deliberate self harm
  • Service user involvement in health professional education
Current Research Activity

Looking into Abuse – an inclusive project in collaboration with New Pathways (Merthyr) and RCT People First and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Please take a look at the TRAC research pages at

With TRAC and Cardiff People First we are seeking funding to develop a digital stories record of the Welsh learning disability institutions.

Past Research Activity

ETAG digital stories for health; Norah Fry Advisory Group for Self Harm Project (commencing Jan 2008); facilitator of service user advisory group to UDID; seeking funding for digital stories record of Welsh learning disability institutions; finalizing HPW Fellowship study exploring CFP learning outcomes in relation to men and women with learning disability.

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