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Current studies – MSc Professional Practice (Learning Disability pathway)


The health needs of people with learning disabilities across the lifespan
Assessing and meeting complex needs
Making services and information accessible to people with learning disabilities
Dementia (particularly young onset dementia)
Legal and ethical issues for the vulnerable person, including the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Palliative and end of life care


Teaches across a variety of subjects within the School of Care Sciences, is a module manager, a personal tutor, a link lecturer and a Dementia Champion, helping the university to become more dementia friendly.
Varied experience in clinical practice spanning more than a decade. Initially worked as a staff nurse at an Assessment & Treatment Unit, then as a Community Learning Disability Nurse, before moving into Older Adult Mental Health Services as the first Specialist Nurse Young Onset Dementia covering the whole of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB). Last clinical post was as a Health Liaison Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and founder member of the ABUHB Health Liaison Team. Liaison role was 50% clinical and 50% training, to raise awareness of general hospital staff in meeting the needs of patients with learning disabilities.


Specialist Lead (Learning Disabilities) offering specialist input across the faculty regarding learning disabilities.
Module Manager for 2nd year module, ‘Learning Disabilities – Health Across the Lifespan’ and 3rd year module, ‘Meeting the Complex Needs of People with Learning Disabilities’.
Academic supervisor for students, up to and including BSc dissertations.
Personal Tutor and Link Tutor responsibilities.
Currently organising a student trip to Belarus to work with ‘Leaves of Hope’ (registered charity that works with orphaned children).


Royal College of Nursing
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Developments Across the Lifespan Cognate Group
Strengthening the Commitment: Learning/Intellectual Disability Nurse Academics Network (LIDNAN)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Strengthening the Commitment Local Implementation Group
All Wales Community of Practice – Profound and Multiple Learning Disability



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