Mrs Patience Udonsi

School of Health & Society

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Contact Details

School of Health and Society
Room C603, Allerton Building,
Salford M6 6PU

Current positions

Lecturer in Learning Disability


I originally trained as a History Teacher in Africa. When I came to the UK, I worked with Autistic, learning disabled people. I am a graduate of the Integrated Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work degree. My Social Work pathway majored on Mental Health. Prior to my training as a Social Worker, I worked in Mental health Services for 3 years in various roles within the community. I supported people who were on Section 117 community treatment using group work and 1:1 mental well-being and recovery strategies.

During my undergraduate and post graduate working history I have worked with people with enduring mental ill-health and various diagnosis such as Schizophrenia, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Personality Disorder, Psychosis, Eating Disorders and Substance misuse. I have worked on Mental Health Wards as an assistant shift coordinator (Nurse) with the Cheshire and Wirral NHS Trust. During this time l worked with adults experiencing acute mental illness as well as older people with dementia. I am passionate about reducing health inequalities for all vulnerable adults within Health and Social Care including people with learning disabilities and mental health disorders.

In my role as a learning disability nurse, I have worked across 3 different boroughs in Greater Manchester within multi-professional community learning disability teams. My learning disability nursing career centred on the reduction of health inequalities and improving the health outcomes of people with learning disabilities. I led a project within Pennine Care NHS Trust, developing an end of life care pathway for people with learning disabilities. The project included the training of multi-professionals within learning disability services and the training of social care staff in supporting people with learning disabilities to die within their supported living homes rather than be moved at the end of their lives.

I have also previously worked as a Behaviour Specialist Nurse conducting specialist behaviour assessments and intervention programmes for people who display complex, distressed behaviours. My work centred on neurodivergent individuals and also people who had contact with the criminal justice system.

I have additional experience in supporting people with Dementia and have delivered various Dementia Training Sessions in Greater Manchester. I also provide training and mentorship to other nurses and social workers. I am an accredited Positive Behaviour Management Plus Trainer. In my current role as a Lecturer I teach across a range of modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses within Nursing and Social Work. I have recently completed Mental Health First Aid awareness training.

My research interests including intersectionality, anti-discriminatory health care, neurodivergence, FASD and intellectual disabilities.

Areas of Research

Neurodivergence/Autism Spectrum Conditions
Intellectual/Learning Disabilities
Neurodevelopmental disorders
Positive Behaviour Support
Trauma Informed Support
End of Life Care for people with Learning Disabilities
Health Inequalities