About WeLDNurses

Thursday 13th September 2018 by @WeLDnurses


@WeLDnurses is a fortnightly Twitter chat predominately aimed at LD Nurses. @WeLDnurses chats take place every other Tuesday (normally) at 8.30pm on Twitter using #WeLDNs. 


About the chat coordinators:

Sam Abdulla (@samabdulla) - Sam is a lecturer and deputy field lead for the learning disability nursing programme at Edinburgh Napier University. Sam qualified as a registered nurse in learning disability in 2012. Following that Sam has worked as a staff nurse in a respite and residential unit for children with complex physical health needs, as a community learning disability nurse and most recently within service development for inpatient learning disability services. Sam is one of the founding members of WeLDnurses and considers this to be one of the proudest achievements of his life.

Daniel Marsden (@dmarsden49) - Daniel qualified as RNLD in 1998 and has practiced in NHS services since then, in childrens, community, acute hospitals and as a Consultant Nurse, and has recently become Senior Lecturer at Kingston St Georges University.
Passionate about person centred care, nursing and practice development, Daniel has several funding awards and publications, including MSc research project, a participatory action research project. Along with WeLDNurses, Daniel has been involved in founding a number of organisations to facilitate community inclusion with people with learning disabilities, including Kent Surrey Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice, and Anchorians Equal Teams Football Club - administered and run by and for people with learning disabilities. A committed practice developer, Daniel is an International Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development and has been a past member of the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum. Daniel is keen to develop communities that are committed to developing inclusive and participatory research intent on care and support that is person centred. For more details CLICK HERE

Sally Wilson (@salsa442) - Sally is an experienced RNLD working in acute hospitals initially as a liaison nurse and more recently as Adult Safeguarding Lead for the last few years. She has previous experience in managing residential and nursing homes, respite services, assessment and treatment unit and has worked with all age groups from children to older adults. Sally is a committed RNLD and is passionate about all things to do with LD care. She is a founder member of WeLDNurses Team, and through this work, committed to improving the use of social media for people in LD care.

Florence Dowling (@florenceella) - Flo is a newly qualified learning disability nurse currently based at a respite unit for adults as a staff nurse. Flo previously undertook an internship with @WeLDNurses, and joined the team as a core member in 2018. 

Prior to training as a nurse, Flo spent 18 months in America volunteering at Camphill Special School; a residential school for children with special needs. This is where she developed her interest in learning disabilities. On her return to England, Flo chose to study at Birmingham City University where she graduated with a first class degree in learning disability nursing.

Flo is passionate about promoting inclusion for people with learning disabilities, breaking down barriers, adapting communication and promoting independence. Flo believes that these can be achieved through person-centred care, reasonable adjustments and ongoing education to name a few.

Flo is keen to instigate positive change through the medium of social media; hosting chats, creating conversations and making people think. Flo is a firm believer in the work that a multidisciplinary team can achieve, and would like to continue to find new ways to engage audiences, and increase awareness through networking. Flo is committed to personal and professional development through social media and is excited to see what @WeLDNurses can achieve!

Paula Richardson (@paularich1977) - Paula is one of two student interns with @WeLDNurses in 2018/19  She is approaching the end of her 2nd year studying Learning Disability Nursing at the University of South Wales (USW).  Following the birth of her children, Paula was inspired to pursue a career where she could really make a difference in people’s lives, having a child with a learning disability solidified her choice to become an RNLD. Over the past year Paula has become increasingly aware of the benefits of social media within the nursing profession and has taken part in numerous tweet chats to further her knowledge and skills, whilst raising awareness of the role of the RNLD and the barriers to equitable health faced by people with learning disabilities.  Through her increased twitter presence, she has also been asked to be a part of a project within USW to promote the use of Twitter, in a bid to engage fellow student nurses in the world of social media. Paula is also a student mentor within the university, where she enjoys supporting new students who are embarking on their student nursing journey.

Ian Unitt (@IanUnitt) – Ian is a third-year Learning Disability Nursing Student at The University of Wolverhampton and one or two WeLDNurses Interns during 2018/19. Ian has several years’ experience supporting people with learning disabilities in independent-living and residential settings and completed a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University in 2016. During his first two years as a student nurse Ian has been involved in many local and national programmes and campaigns including the #150Leaders Student Leadership Programme, and various campaigns aimed to encourage more men in to nursing and more students in to LD Nursing. Ian is a Student Information Officer for the @RCN, a course rep for Cohort 216 @wlvuni_LD and a volunteer for a user-led charitable organisation that supports people with learning disabilities and autism to self-advocate @DvcDudley.

Ross Wyatt (@ross_6479_RNLD) - Ross is recently qualified Learning Disability Nurse graduating from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle in 2016. When commencing his studies, Ross had a vision, the goal being to work in a profession where Ross felt he could instigate change. Through personal and professional development he has a desire to be a strong advocate for people with a learning disability, challenging practice and raising the profile of the profession and the client needs. Since qualifying Ross has been working in a community learning disability team, where he works with adults with a learning disability, the primary focus of his role is in the delivery of Positive Behaviour Support, Ross’ role involves assessment, developing good quality behaviour support plans jointly with the people he supports, their families and carers, working with the wider MDT and providing training, development and education to care providers, all with a view to supporting in the improvement of the individuals quality of life. Having commenced with @WeLDNurses as a student volunteer in his second year at university, Ross has been with the team for a little over three years. Ross has a passion to develop his use of Social Media further in line with the requirements of the NMC, whilst recognising the invaluable support and opportunity it provides.  Whilst studying at University Ross was a departmental representative and a learning leader, which is a programme designed to support new student nurses through sharing his own experiences. At home Ross is a Husband and a Dad and he enjoys running, SoMe, reading and watching films.


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