Sarah qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 1995, from the University of Essex. She has since worked in the NHS, charitable and private sectors, mainly with people who have learning disabilities and mental ill health. Sarah returned to Essex in 2002 to complete a Masters’ Degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights and worked as a freelance consultant, with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Disability Sub-Programme, where she proof- read and edited a manual on rights based approaches to disability and learnt about micro-finance and cow banks in Vietnam!!! Sarah is currently a Lecturer and Course Director for the BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing Programme at the University of East Anglia. She teaches across many disciplinary programmes including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Allied Health Professionals at the School of Health Sciences. She is passionate about teaching understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Human Rights Act across all health care professional training. She is currently working on a research project with Dr Tom Shakespeare on an update of The Sexual Politics of Disability (20 Years +) and is an active member of the Disability Research Network Group at UEA. Her interests are Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Human Rights Based and Person Centred approaches and teaching legal frameworks to healthcare professionals effectively.
Health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities are well documented in the literature.
Here, in her debut blog, Sarah Richardson looks at the results of a survey of community learning disability nurses regarding their role in implementing public health policies, focusing on health prevention and protection.[read the full story...]