Mrs Lynne Westwood

Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities

Email address: L.R.Westwood@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 51 8848 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Learning Disability Nursing, Sensory Rooms, Aromatherapy

About

My name is Lynne Westwood and I’m a very proud & passionate Learning Disability Nurse Lecturer here at the University of Wolverhampton. Within my work at the university I enable our students (along with my colleagues from the Learning Disability Nursing Team) to develop current knowledge, skills and attitudes around working with / for people who have a learning disability plus their carers / families. I support students in university though the modules I run (explore core issues and therapeutic interventions) and in their practice placement. I work collaboratively with the Learning Disability Directorate at a local NHS trust. Together we have put on conferences and presentations at national events. I support the sensory room we have as an educational tool for our students and I am a keen exponent of power of sensory integration, person centred working and multi-agency approaches. I engage actively with Twitter & FaceBook around the subject area of Learning Disability participating in #WeLDNurses Twitter Chats about national subjects. I work collaboratively across the Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing were possible increasing the opportunities available for our student nurses. I have recently engaged in some research with the WIDEN group exploring the thoughts and feelings of people who have learning disabilities around the topic of Parliament and the 2015 General Election.

Research interests

  • Learning Disability
  • Sensory Work

Membership of professional bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Qualifications

  • BSc Complementary Therapies
  • MSc Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • BSc (Hons) Education Studies (Nursing)
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disability
  • Aromatherapist

 

Publications

  • Many articles in APLD journal (as editor) – working with people who have learning disabilities
  • Chapter in Person Centred Practice for professionals (2008)
  • Poster for the NLDNN 2010
  • Hub & Spoke evaluation launch - August 2013 Cardiff
  • 6C’s in Curriculum –April 2014 Telford
  • Hub & Spoke findings – July 2014 Education Lead Day Manor Hospital
  • Hub & Spoke presentation – September 2014 NET
  • Hub & Spoke article(s) – various sources being investigated
  • Presentation at Success Conference 2014 – Collaborative working and STC
  • Poster at Success Conference 2014 – Integrating service users into our degree course

Previous professional experience

  • Clinical placement / education co-ordinator (United Midlands College)
  • Home Manager (St Margaret’s Hospital)
  • Deputy Home Manager (St Margaret’s Hospital)
  • Staff Nurse (St Margaret’s Hospital)
  • Nurse training (St Margaret’s Hospital)
  • Clerk Prescription Pricing Authority