I worked in a range of residential and community settings supporting people with learning disabilities before moving to work in nurse education in 1989. I previously worked in the School of Nursing in UWCM and took up post at the then University of Glamorgan in 1999.
Since 2002 I have headed the Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities (UDID) which is based within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.
I am a member and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). I am also a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities.
Previous research has focused on the views of mental health service users concerning their medication and other therapies, advocacy for older people living in residential care, the implementation of the vulnerable adults policy framework in services for people with learning disabilities in Wales, dementia and people with learning disabilities and palliative care for people with learning disabilities in Wales.
I have recently completed a participatory research project which is looked at what people with learning disabilities understand by abuse and what support they require if they are abused. I am also involved in a three centre study (with University of Ulster and Edinburgh Napier) exploring the feasibility of adapting a diabetes self management programme for use with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.