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I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education. I teach across the school on pre-registration Nursing and Nursing Associate programmes.
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 a learning disability across London, most recently in Tower Hamlets, before coming back to Kingston to educate and inspire the next generation of Nurses.
I have a particular interest and focus on the needs of and services for people with a learning disability who have concurrent mental health issues, as well as the development and sustainability of the learning disabilities workforce. I work across the Nursing Associate (apprentice and FDSci) programmes to ensure that they are educated to understand the needs of and support people with a learning disability.
I believe passionately in the skills and power of Learning Disabilities Nurses to change lives, and help people with a learning disability and those who support them to understand, maintain and improve their health status.
Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities 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
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.