Learning disability and autism specialist nurse,
James Paget University Hospital
Rebecca’s journey and subsequent career in the field of learning disabilities began when she was 14 and a volunteer, where she has gained vast experience in many areas and has the same passion and drive for the service about vulnerable people as she did when she began.
As part of her current role training staff in the subject of learning disabilities/autism, safeguarding adults, MCA, DoLs and consent, ensuring strategies and policies are in place and updated written and developed documentation regarding restraint, consent, capacity assessments, CAP in line with the most up-to-date legislative changes and best practice guidance.
She regularly writes and updates action plans, reports and self assessments, for the Trust she works for; along with CCGS, LD Partnership Boards to also include patient stories for trust board of directors. She was awarded Learning Disability Nurse of the Year 2014 and as a result examples of my work are being requested across the country along with presenting at National conferences. I was also grateful to be nominated by teams in the trust and to receive employee of the year 2015 and the Nursing Times Award 2017 in the learning disability category.
She has been part of internal investigations and serious case reviews in the organisation which have ultimately improved and updated practice for all those involved. She is a specialist advisor to other organisations regarding best practice to include CQC, NHS England and all party parliamentary groups.
She has developed a network of professional support across the whole of the east and Midlands, to include NHS England and the Department of Health. Her links with the University of East Anglia and UCS have also proved fruitful when needing to research and critically review current legislative and policy documents. She is in the National Working group for MCA.