Sarah Kennedy

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room C602

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Current positions

Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing & Social Work


Sarah joined the University of Salford in 2006 as a lecturer on the BSc learning disabilities nursing and social work programme. After school Sarah went to MMU (or Manchester Polytechnic as it was then) and did a degree in Applied Community Studies. Following that she ended up working within learning disability services within a health trust and discovered that she loved it. She returned to study to gain her professional qualification and did the Joint Programme across Manchester University and Salford University qualifying as a learning disabilities nurse and social worker in 2000. She worked for a short period as a social worker with older people then managed residential and domiciliary services for people with profound and multiple disabilities within an independent sector organisation before coming to the University of Salford.

Sarah has contributed to a number of published papers and chapters connected to interprofessional working, personalisation and team working. She has been involved as a trustee with a number of local organisations that support learning disabled people. Internally she is currently the programme leader for the learning disabilities nursing & social work (integrated practice) programme.


  • Person centred practice
  • Working with people with profound & multiple disabilities
  • Interprofessional working

Research Interests

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