Following graduation from the joint learning disability nurse and social work course in 2003 I worked within community learning disability settings employed as a nurse, but utilising the integrated knowledge, skills and values of the dual qualification to inform my practice.
Working initially as a community nurse, I provided health focused support to adults with a learning disability – promoting health and inclusion through assessment and intervention of physical, emotional and behavioural needs.
I further developed in the role of community behavior nurse supporting interventions with adults with a learning disability in order to promote health and inclusion whilst minimising risk using the principles of positive behaviour support.
Latterly I 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.
After two lecturer practitioner secondments to university teaching posts and completion of a teaching qualification I took up a full time teaching position at the University of Salford in 2013. In addition to the functions and duties of a lecturer, I have undertaken specific roles I have undertaken include module leader, admissions tutor, university link lecturer and programme leader.
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.
Teaching is principally on the BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice in Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work joint course for which I am also programme lead.
Main teaching and module lead responsibilities are for:
- Foundations in Nursing & Social Work (year1) Law & Social Policy in Health & Wellbeing (year1)
- Integrated Professional Practice (year3)
I also contribute to the wider nursing and social work programmes in the school to enhance knowledge and awareness of learning disabilities and integrated learning and practice.
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 CITRUS instructor.
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.
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.
Olsen, A. Pepe, A. & Redfearn, D. (2017). A-Z of learning disabilities. London: Palgrave MacMillan.