The Advisory Group

A scoping/advisory group of committed and active learning disability nurses from practice, education and research was formed in January 2018.  The purpose of the group  was to refine a programme of engagement with those delivering and using learning disability services.

The advisory group members are:

Jim Blair, Independent Consultant Learning Disability and Associate Professor Learning Disabilities Kingston and St Georges Universities

Rebecca Chester, MBE Consultant Nurse for people with learning disabilities, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the United Kingdom Learning Disability Consultant Nurse Network

Giselle Cope, Practice Development Facilitator, FoNS (Project Leader)

Kevin Elliott, Lead Nurse, South West Region, Learning Disability Programme

David Harling, Head of Learning Disability, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Hilary Gardener, Strategic Liaison Nurse for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Primary Care, Hertfordshire

Louise Jenkins, Strategic Liaison Nurse for Secondary care & Tertiary care, Hertfordshire

Helen Laverty, MBE Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing, University of Nottingham and Facilitator of the Positive Choices Network

Kay Mafuba, Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London

Ann Norman, Adviser: Criminal Justice/ Learning Disability Nursing Department, RCN

Ruth Northway, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales

Dr Theresa Shaw, FoNS (Advisory Group Chair)

Jonathan Slater, Nurse Consultant-National Learning Disability Service, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hazel Watson, Director of Nursing, Deputy Chief Nurse, NHS England (South)

Pauline Watts, former Chief Nurse Directorate, Public Health England

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