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I have worked in the field of Learning Disability since 1978. I started with voluntary work with a charity in Malaysia and that experience prompted me to apply for a nursing course. I have worked with people with learning disabilities with various levels of needs but my interest is profound learning disabilities and multi sensory impairment. After completing LD nurse training I worked on a "sick bay" providing health care for people with learning disabilities who had additional health needs eg people who had had strokes, diabetes, terminal illness and I felt that I needed additional skills. I did additional training in another branch - acute nursing but went straight back into the LD field,working in a respite unit for children with severe learning diablilities and physical disabilities.
1986 - community nursing (706 certificate)
1987 - Clinical Nurse Specialist - provide training for staff working in a learning disability hospital
1988 - started with nurse education 50% and completed RNT training. Have stayed in education since then and contributed to developing a joint nursing and social work programme which started in September 1995. I was programme leader of the joint programme from January 2000 to April 2005. I joined Salford School of Nursing in October 2005 and is still an active member of the joint programme.
In January 2008, I volunteered for the role of Director of Admissions for the School and introduced group interviewing into the selection process. Since 2010/11, I have been involved with programme reviews and developing a new curriculum using the NMC standards for education (2010).
In 2007, I was part of a team which develop a pilot programme for Community Development Workers (CDW). This programme educated CDWs to work within BME communities regarding mental health issues and we presented the work we did at 2 international conferences; one to a social development professions audience and the other to an audience of educators.I attended a STELLAR leadership programme for BME staff working in HE in 2010 and have written about the experience.
My main interests are :-
Learning disabilities particularly severe disabilities and physical and multi sensory impairments.
BME issues, Mental health issues, cultural issues. Community engagement.
I am also interested in Chinese history and culture, practices taiji and is learning Mandarin during the weekends.