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I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Having completed my pre-registration Nursing education at Kingston and St George's in 2002 I went on to work in a variety of community services for adults with Learning Disabilities across London, most recently in Tower Hamlets, before coming back to Kingston to educate and inspire the next generation of Learning Disability Nurses.
I have a particular interest and focus on the needs of and services for people with Learning Disabilities who have concurrent mental health issues, as well as the development and sustainability of the Learning Disability Nursing workforce.
I believe passionately in the skills and power of Learning Disability Nurses to change lives, and help people with Learning Disabilities and those who support them to understand, maintain and improve their health status
Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing
I am currently involved in a research project exploring the experiences of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who identify as transgender
My MSc dissertation was a project exploring the feasability of using smart device apps as memory aids in an NHS Neuropsychiatry and Memory Disorders service
Russ, M. (2010) Caring for a child with autism: a personal perspective. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 4(1), pp. 25-27. ISSN (print) 1753-0180
Manners, Paula Jean and Russ, Marina (2006) Working reflexively in learning disabilities: what Emma taught us. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34(4), pp. 211-214. ISSN (print) 1354-4187
Russ, Marina and Turner, Daniel (2019) Reflection, supervision, mentorship and revalidation. In: Moulster, Gweneth , Iorizzo, Jane , Ames, Sarah and Kernohan, Joshua, (eds.) The Moulster and Griffiths learning disability nursing model : a framework for practice. London, U.K. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 67-74. ISBN 9781785924804
I am on the steering group of the pan-London Learning Disability Nursing practice placement group - a partnership of the 5 HEIs in London offering Learning Disability Nursing courses. We work to support and expand the placement opportunities available for pre-registration students across the London and the surrounding areas.
In Autumn 2021 I successfully bid for CPEP (Clinical Placements Enhancement Programme) funding from HEE London to develop and deliver a virtual placement resource in Learning Disability for Nursing students across the region. This work is being undertaken in collaboration with the Baked Bean Company, a theatre and performing arts organisation for people with learning disabilities.