Dan Redfearn

Dan Redfearn

Lecturer in Nursing (Learning Disabilities) & Social Work

  • Allerton C508
  • T: 0161 295 7122
  • E: d.redfearn1@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Monday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm


Prior to undertaking my professional training, I worked with adults with learning disabilities in both residential and day service settings providing therapeutic interventions such as hydro and rebound therapies, as well as supporting independent living and promoting access to community and leisure facilities. This included a period as manager of a day centre where I developed management and supervision skills.

My completion of the joint LD nursing and Social Work programme served to reinforce and legitimise many of my existing values and practices and gave validity to my experience. It also introduced new ideas, concepts and theories that challenged me to continue my learning and development.

Since completing my professional qualification in nursing (RNLD) and Social Work (DipSW), I have continued to develop and enhance my skills, knowledge and confidence as a professional and flexible, learning disability practitioner.

I worked initially as a community nurse providing health focused support to adults with a learning disability – promoting health and inclusion through assessment and intervention of physical, emotional and behavioural needs.  

My interest in supporting individuals with ‘challenging behaviour’ led to employment as a community behaviour nurse supporting interventions with adults with a learning disability in order to promote health and inclusion whilst minimising risk using principles of positive behaviour support. I also undertook further training in supporting adults with LD and complex needs at this time.

I then worked as an autism specialist nurse providing individual and group support to adults with an autism spectrum condition (who may have a learning disability, or not). This utilised skills in complex casework, group work, management, training, supervision and service development.

All my practice work has included a focus on providing support and education to other workers and students and I am a sign off nursing mentor, and a registered lead trainer and instructor in the CITRUS model of physical intervention for adults with learning disabilities.

Through my practice, I always maintained an interest in higher education and research, and enjoyed two secondments to university teaching posts (2006-2007 & 2010-2013) and completed a teaching qualification.

In 2013 I took up a fulltime teaching position at the University of Salford and undertake all the duties that would be expected in this role including developing and co-ordinating modules, teaching and facilitating workshops and seminars, providing academic, pastoral and practical support to students in university and on placement; assessing student’s academic work and practice based competencies and undertaking audits of placement sites.

Throughout my time at the university I have also taken on other established roles such as Module Leader - demonstrating module and curriculum development additionally by playing a pivotal role in NMC and HCPC validation processes; Admissions tutor - developing the current selection processes for the course, working with the wider school and university conversion teams, exploring future recruitment and retention initiatives; University Link Lecturer - working in partnership to facilitate and develop practice learning; Acting Programme Leader to cover for absence within the team - co-ordination, leadership and decision making skills, in relation to team and programme developments, as well as with students experiencing complex difficulties.

I am committed to further development academically and through research and am registered on the PhD by Publication programme within the School of Nursing Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.


Principle teaching is on the BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work joint course and I am currently the admissions tutor for this programme.

I also contribute to the wider nursing and social work programmes in the school to enhance integrated learning and practice

Research Interests

I have a general interest in research related to the support of people with autism and/or learning disabilities, but particularly in the following areas:

  • The needs of adults with Autism in relation to access to interventions and therapy.
  • Health inequalities and discrimination experienced by people with learning disabilities.
  • User involvement in education and training
  • Physical intervention for adults with learning disabilities
  • The importance and impact of values in learning and recruitment

Qualifications and Memberships

1997. BA (Hons) Communication Studies. 2:1. University of Glamorgan.

2003. Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing and Social Work. Universities of Manchester and Salford.

2005. Mentorship in Practice (Level 3). University of Leeds.

2009. Post Graduate Certificate in Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex needs. University of St. Andrews.

2012. Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. University of Salford.

Fellowship of Higher Education Academy.

NMC registrant, sign off mentor and registered teacher.

HCPC registrant


Redfearn, D. Turton, H. Larder, H. & Larder, H. 2016. Understanding Autism: A training pack for support staff and professionals based on ‘Postcards from Aspie World. Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.

Pepe, A. & Redfearn, D. 2013. Advoacy. In Worsley, A. Mann, T. Olsen, A. & Mason-Whitehead, E. Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. London: Sage Publications.