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Ms Jillian Pawlyn

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Professional biography

Field lead - learning disabilities


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 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
  • KYN210: Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (Module Team Chair)
  • KYN328: Becoming an autonomous practitioner: learning disabilities

Impact and engagement


External collaborations


[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)

Reflections on writing journal articles (2020)
Pawlyn, Jillian
Learning Disability Practice ((Early Access))

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