Frank Garvey, RNMH, RGN, RNT, BA (Hons), Cert Ed, Cert Health Ed

Frank has worked in the fields of learning disability and general nursing for 25 years. Within that time he has been a charge nurse; a respite care home manager for children with complex medical needs and learning disabilities; a community learning disabilities nurse and a university senior lecturer involved in the education of nurses and social workers. He is particularly interested in the physical healthcare of people with learning disabilities and in the research of attitudes towards disability.

Currently, Frank works for Hertfordshire Partnership Trust (HPT) at a strategic level, promoting the equitable healthcare of people with learning disabilities when they are being cared for within general hospitals. He also leads on research development for the learning disability nurses within HPT and on the development of the Expert Patient Programme (EPP) in Hertfordshire for people with learning disabilities.

April Hammond, BSc (Hons), Nurse Specialist Practitioner, Community Learning Disabilities, RNMH, Senior Lecturer Hertfordshire University

April originally worked in a respite care setting for children and adults with learning disabilities. She then became a Community Nurse and Health Facilitator for people with learning disabilities and worked in four London boroughs, before taking up her current post as a Senior Lecturer for student learning disability nurses and student social workers. April's specialist interests are women's health, sexual health and relationship issues. She is particularly passionate about the welfare and rights of people with learning disabilities and keenly encourages service users' involvement in training student nurses.

Costas Joannides, BA, DipHE

Costas is a Placement Support Nurse (Learning Disabilities) working for Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust. He has supported and worked within Learning Disability practice for 20 years. His clinical interests are challenging behaviour, reflective practice, education and quality assurance. Costas comes from a family of nurses and educators so nursing has always been part of his life.

Outside of work his interests are restoring lambrettas to their former glory, collecting vinyl (northern soul) and managing a Sunday football team.

Jackie Kelly, MA, PgDip, Registered Nurse in Learning Disability, Academic/ Professional Group Leader, Senior Lecturer Learning Disability

Since commencing her career in learning disability nursing in 1987, Jackie has worked in a variety of contexts. Her work has provided diverse opportunities to work with and learn from people with a wide range of needs and experiences, as well as with their families. Jackie remains constantly grateful and humbled by the privilege of sharing such experiences. As a community nurse she became interested in the whole family experience of having a person with a learning disability within the family. This interest led to her undertaking a Masters in Applied Systemic Theory, giving her the opportunity and the tools to explore these connections from a systemic perspective. This has been invaluable both in her work with people with learning disabilities and in her teaching. Teaching within the University has been an exciting opportunity to convey this systemic viewpoint within the context of nurse and social work education. As part of Jackie's studies she carried out a small piece of empirical research exploring the experiences of siblings of a person with a learning disability. This remains a research interest, which she hopes to further develop in the future.

Paul Maloret, RNLD, Dip HE, BA(hons), PGCE

Paul's interest in working with people with learning disabilities was generated from an unforeseen situation. At the age of 18, like so many people of a similar age in the early 1990s, Paul headed to the US to work in a children's summer camp. The intention was to work as a kitchen hand in a camp in New York state, but upon arrival he was a little dismayed to discover that all the campers had 'special needs'. He was dismayed further when they informed him that they had recruited too many kitchen staff and would he mind stepping in as a carer, as someone had not arrived. The idea of living, eating and sleeping with eight teenagers with varying degrees of learning disabilities for three months horrified Paul; however, as the alternative was to go home, he decided to give it go! Having enjoyed the most amazing summer he signed up for the following year. Intermittently he gained further care experience in the UK. Paul then went on to become a qualified learning disability nurse and enjoyed many years working in a variety of settings. He is now a lecturer in learning disability nursing. Paul's main interest, which is reflected in his practice, teaching and indeed the topic for the chapter in this publication, is very much those who have a learning disability and associated mental health problems.

Dr Malcolm Peter McIver, PhD, MA (Dist), BA (Hons), RNT, RCNT, PDN, Dip Nursing (Lon), RNMH, ENG

Currently teaching in the faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire, Malcolm has lectured on legislation and the rights of people with a learning disability for many years in a number of universities across the UK, and as a visiting lecturer to the University of Washington.

Alan Randle, RNLD, MSc, Integrative Adult Therapist

Alan Randle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in Learning Disabilities (LD) and Counselling. He trained as a nurse for people with LD at North Warwickshire School of Nursing and subsequently qualified as a community nurse at Reading University. He further obtained an MSc in Learning Disabilities studies at Hull University. Alan became interested in psychotherapy and communication with people with learning disabilities and qualified as an Integrative Adult Psychotherapist. He has maintained his curiosity in these areas and has developed an MA is Psychotherapy and Disability. Alan maintains a private practice and also facilitates groups. He also provides supervision to therapists who facilitate groups for people with learning disabilities.

Tracey-Jo Simpson, RNLD, qualified lecturer in Further Education, External Examiner for City & Guilds

Tracey-Jo Simpson is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and qualified lecturer in further education. Throughout her years working in the NHS she supported people within an assessment and treatment service, who had mental ill-health as well as a learning disability. Whilst in this service she was part of a pilot scheme which supported women who had a learning disability to receive cervical screening. Now a self-employed practitioner, her work is extremely varied and includes guest lecturing at the University of Hertfordshire, off-site Practice-Teaching students who are studying for the combined degree in Social Work and Learning Disability Nursing, running a range of workshops and being an external examiner for City & Guilds.

Jacky Vincent, Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities (RNLD), BA (Hons) in Healthcare Care Management

Jacky has over 15 years' experience in learning disability nursing. For the past few years, Jacky has been working as a Senior Nurse for Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust. She predominantly provides clinical leadership and advice to the Community Learning Disability Nurses across Hertfordshire, as well as leading on practice initiatives including Essence of Care.

Jacky is presently seconded as a job-share into the position of Lead Nurse for the Learning Disability Directorate, providing nursing leadership and professional advice for the nurses, ensuring that mechanisms are in place to support and facilitate staff in the delivery of safe and effective care.

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