Ruth Northway

University of Glamorgan, United Kingdom


Ruth Northway qualified as a registered learning disability (intellectual disability) nurse in 1982 and initially worked in a hospital setting. She then moved to working in the community where as part of a multidisciplinary team she supported people with learning disabilities and their families / carers. During this time she undertook further education in relation to community nursing. In 1989 she moved to working in nurse education and achieved an MSc (Econ) in the management of community care in 1994. Upon completion of this she immediately embarked upon doctoral studies and achieved her doctorate in 1999. The title of her thesis is ‘Oppression in the lives of people with learning difficulties: a participatory study’. Her current role is Professor of Learning Disability Nursing at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. Here she also heads up the Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities, a research unit which focuses on enhancing quality of life and quality of service provision for people with learning disabilities. Her role encompasses teaching from undergraduate to post graduate levels, post graduate research supervision and research. Her particular areas of interest / expertise are participatory research, abuse and vulnerability, ethical aspects of care and research, and meeting the health needs of people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and is a member of the RCN Research Society Steering Committee. Between 2003 and 2007 she edited the journal Learning Disability Practice. She was a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Sub Panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise within the UK.

Biography Updated on 6 February 2011

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