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Jane Nickels

Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing/Admissions Tutor

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


  • MA (University of Kent)


I joined Hull university with over 30 years’ experience supporting adults and children with learning disabilities, during which I’ve worked across various settings - both in social care and health care settings. This includes:

• 7 years in the South of England as a Community Nurse (Supporting Adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism) – Including Behaviour analysis, baseline dementia screening, dementia support training, health screening, palliative care support, assessment of capacity (following MCA best practice) and medication management.

• Complex Case Management and assessment within NHS Continuing HealthCare

• Delivered bespoke training packages to General Practitioners in relation to the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and the importance of annual health checks.

• Epilepsy Specialist Nurse

• Specialist advisor in the field of learning disability for CQC

• Student Nurse Mentor

• Transforming Care/Forensic services

• UK’s first Learning Disabilities Admiral Nurse supporting people with learning disabilities and autistic adults, both pre and post dementia diagnosis, ensuring they receive a timely diagnosis so support and environments were tailored to meet their individual needs.

My most recent academic achievement was completing a Master’s Degree in Autism Studies at the Tizard (University of Kent). My thesis explored CQC’s inspection processes across the UK and their effectiveness.

Research interests

Dementia and the autistic community

Learning disability

Intellectual disabilities