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Ms Jillian Pawlyn

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Professional biography

RNLD, SCLD, ENB 978, BA (Hons), MSc, PCTHE, TCH, SFHEA, Oxford Brookes University Associate Teaching Fellow. 

I am an experienced Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) (RNLD) (NMC), qualified nurse lecturer (TCH), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and masters-level graduate with varied clinical, teaching and management experience, with strong communication and information technology skills.

During my years as a registered nurse I have developed a specialist interest in the health needs of people with a learning/ intellectual disability in particular those individuals who have Profound Intellectual and/or Multiple Disabilities (PIMD/ PMLD). 

Research interests

Doctoral researcher at The Open University. 

I am a member of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group; the Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Network (CAREN) research group and the Nursing Research Group.

My primary interest is in the health of people with a learning/intellectual disability.

I also have an interest in how technology can widen access to health information and developments in digital health literacy in particular Service User and Carer digital health literacy. In my early research career my focus was on how nurses use eLearning in Professional Education.


Teaching interests

I am a Lecturer in nursing and an enthusiast and advocate of Technology Enhanced Learning.

My priority is embedding Learning Disability Nursing theory and practice within the curriculum.

Teaching on module:

  • KYN210: Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (20J)  (Module Team Chair)

Previously taught on module:

  • K*236: Extending your contribution to healthcare practice (18E, 18K, 19E, 19K)

Authoring on modules:

  • K102: Introducing health and social care.
  • K104: Introduction to Healthcare practice
  • KYN210: Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (Module Team Chair)
  • K328: Learning disabilities practice

Impact and engagement


External collaborations


Reflections on writing journal articles (2020)
Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice ((In press))

Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities (2019-07-18)
Tremayne, Penny and Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice, 22(4)

Caring for People with Learning Disabilities: Attitudes and Perceptions of General Nurses (2019-05-16)
Noronha, Maria T and Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice, 22(3)

Inhaler and nebuliser technique for people with a learning disability (2019-01-29)
Clark, Samuel J and Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice, 22(1)

Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD/ PMID/ PMLD)
Pawlyn, Jillian
In: Barksby, J. and Charnock, C. eds. Learning Disability Case Studies ((in press))
Publisher : McGraw-Hill

Physical disabilities
Pawlyn, Jillian; Dalton, Caroline and Caples, Maria
In: Atherton, Helen. L. and Crickmore, Debbie. J. eds. Learning Disabilities: Towards Inclusion (7th ed) ((In press))
Publisher : Elsevier Ltd | Published : London