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Ms Jillian Pawlyn

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Professional biography

Field lead - learning disabilities

BA Hons, MSc, RNLD, SCLD, PCTHE, TCH, SFHEA

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.

In my early research career, my focus was on how learning disability nurses use eLearning in Professional Education.

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. 

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:

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
  • K*210: Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (Module Team Chair)
  • K*328: Becoming an autonomous practitioner: learning disabilities

Impact and engagement

Former

External collaborations

Externally funded projects

Improving the support for older people with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge, family and professional carers, and end of life care planning for carers.
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Sep 202028 Feb 2023NIHR National Institute for Health Research

There are around 900,000 learning disabled people in the UK and around a fifth are estimated to engage in behaviours that challenge (BTC). These behaviours often occur when the person is upset by a change in their environment. While research and NICE guidance exists on older learning disabled people and their family carers, and separately on people with BTC; policy and research in the UK has so far failed to address how services can be addressed to support older learning disabled people with BTC. We know very little about how family caregivers face the choices and challenges about caregiving as they become older but know that decisions can be left too late to enable choice. We know even less about the experiences of older people with BTC particularly in the context of transitioning to older people’s services, in periods of crisis or at end of life. There is an even more pronounced absence in the academic and grey literature regarding the lives and experiences of older learning disabled people with no family carers. Our study will explore the support and health needs of older learning disabled people and carers and identify ways of easing transitions to different care settings through forward planning and reducing the development of BTC. This is particularly important as learning disabled people are living to an older age. We will explore how carers manage their caring role as they age themselves. How they experience and negotiate behaviours that challenge. How the concept of forward planning can be introduced in a way that is acceptable and reassuring to carers and their children. How health, social care and end of life care services can best support older learning disabled people with BTC including situations where active family involvement is absent. And how commissioners can be innovative in developing a service infrastructure that better meets the needs of this group.

Publications

Reflections on writing journal articles (2021-10-07)
Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice, 24, Article e2074(5)


[Book Review] Belonging for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: Pushing the Boundaries of Inclusion (2020-08)
Pawlyn, Jillian
PMLD link, 32 (2)(96) (pp. 47-48)


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