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    Joann Kiernan is a learning disability nurse who has a keen interest in supporting children, young people and families. Her career has included high secure, residential and respite environments, community nursing and specialist roles. Joann joined EHU FOHSCM as a lecturer practitioner in 2000 and later joined the university as a full time lecturer. She currently teaches across multi disciplinary pre and post registration professional programmes. Following a keen interest in positive behaviour support and working alongside clinicians and families Joann developed and lead on the development of a  part time Diploma and BSc in Behaviour Analysis and Intervention designed to support practice caring for individuals who have complex behavioural needs.

    As part of Joann's research interests she has recently been involved in local SEND consultations with C/YP, families and professionals, transition research and the impact of behavioural needs on the experiences of C/YP and families.

    Passionate about access for all people with a learning disability and autistic spectrum conditions Joann currently holds a seconded Consultant Nurse post at Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she supports strategy and practice development in equality of access to healthcare for C/YP with a learning disability and autistic spectrum conditions.    

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Learning Disability/ Children/ Behavioural Needs, PhD, Mother and Professional perspectives of the Lived Experience of Children with a Learning Disability and Behavioural Needs , Manchester Metropolitan University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

    Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment, MSc, Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

    Behavioural Approaches , PGCert, Learning Disability and Positive Behaviour Support, University of Manchester

    Award Date: 1 Jun 1996

    Health Studies, BSc, Health Studies

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

    Other positions

    External Examiner, University of Hull

    Jan 2020Jan 2024

    External Examiner , University of Cumbria

    Jan 2016Sept 2020

    Consultant Learning Disability Nurse, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

    Jul 2014Jul 2023


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