Sara Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy

Nurse lecturer (learning disabilities)


After school I went to MMU (or Manchester Polytechnic as it was then) and did a degree in Applied Community Studies. Following that I ended up working within learning disability services within a health trust which I discovered I loved. I returned to study to gain my professional qualification and did the Joint Programme across Manchester University and Salford University qualifying as a learning disability nurse and social worker in 2000. I worked for a short period as a social worker with older people then managed residential and domicialiary services for people with profound and multiple disabilities within an independent sector organisation before coming to the University of Salford to lecture on the joint learning disability nursing and social work programme.


Particular areas of interest include person centred thinking and practice; understanding behaviour that might be considered challenging; Social Role Valorisation; Anti-discriminatory practice; supported living/promoting independence; and supporting people who have profound and multiple disabilities.

Research Interests

I am involved with an interprofessional education team, here at Salford – we are an interdisciplinary group of academics and practice education facilitators commited to enabling interprofessional working. I contributed to a published report, delivered a paper at a conference and contributed to numerous articles from the findings of our pilot studies.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc Applied Community Studies (1994)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing & Social Work (learning disabilities) (2000)
  • MSc Collaborative Health care (2010)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2013)
  • Registered with the NMC and HCPC
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Co-author of a chapter: Team working in Worsley A, Mann T, Olsen A and Mason-Whitehead E (Eds) (2013) Key Concepts in Social Work practice Sage; London
  • Chaffe, E, Chapman, JD, Cullen, MB, Dean, ML, Haines, CA, Hollinshead, M, Howarth, ML, Kennedy, SE, Lloyd-Johnson, S, Newton-Hughes, A, Owens, D, Stephens, M and Tudor, E 2013, Interprofessional working in practice – educating for the future: The development of the Salford Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLIP) model , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford.
  • Adshead, S, Collier, EH and Kennedy, SE 2015, 'A literature review exploring the preparation of mental health nurses for working with people with learning disability and mental illness' , Nurse Education in Practice, 15 (2) , pp. 103-107.