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My specialist expertise in learning disability nursing enables nursing students to influence the health and lives of people with learning disabilities; ensuring 100% employability.
I directly contribute to the professional education of over 600 nursing and health care students, teaching mainly on the pre-registration nursing course. Here I ensure that learning disability issues are represented to all fields of nursing, while providing the in-depth perspective for learning disability nursing students as well.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology, gained prior to nurse education and this underpins my interest in humanistic and person-centred approaches to supporting people with learning disabilities. I began my career as a learning disability nurse (RNLD) in Calderdale in 1999, holding several posts with a charitable company, St Ann's Community services where I gained experience working with people who have complex needs or behavioural support needs. A move to the Wakefield Community Team for Learning Disabilities as a Community Nurse in 2002 enabled me to I further develop my nursing skills in this often challenging but rewarding role. I seized the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills with students in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. My teaching aim is to produce healthcare professionals who change lives for the better.
Butterfield, V., McAdam, N. and Miller, S. (2015) ‘A collaborative approach to managing sleep problems’ Learning Disability Practice , 18 (8), pp. 22-27. ISSN 1465-8712
Atkinson, S. and Miller, S. (2014) ‘Health Promotion for People with a Learning Disability’. In: Intellectual Disability in Health and Social Care. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415733892