I am a dual qualified Learning Disability Nurse and Social Worker.
My professional interest areas include: (1) the involvement of service users and carers in the education of health and social care students, and (2) health and social care professionals' application of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Equality Act (2010) when supporting people with learning disabilities.
I am employed on a full-time basis as a Senior Lecturer in 'Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work' in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University.
I am a member of the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Social Work (LDSW) teaching team and am the 1st year lead for level 4 students on this course. I am also a member of the BSc (Hons) Health Studies teaching team. Students undertaking this course are qualified Nurses and Rehabilitation Workers from Shouzou University in China.
I graduated from the LDSW course I teach on and prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University I supported people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as older people with learning disability in a range of health care and social settings. Prior to training as a dual qualified practitioner, I enjoyed an eight year career working in marketing.
As Service User and Carer Champion for the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Social Work, I am a member of Sheffield Hallam's University's 'Partners in Learning' group.
Partners in Learning is a group of 5 adults with learning disabilities, one family carer and two faculty academics. Group members meet on a monthly basis to plan their involvement in the education of health and social care students at Sheffield Hallam University.
Group members are involved in teaching, interviewing and other key events in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Crucially, Partners in Learning provide students the opportunity to meet and to learn from expert users of service with learning disabilities.
I am a moving and handling instructor.
I lead on simulation teaching regarding the health care needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
From a Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work perspective, I teach wide range of topics that relate to promoting choice control and bio-psycho-social wellbeing in people with learning disabilities.
I am the Module Leader for three undergraduate modules:
- Level 4: 'Introduction to Relationship Centred Care in Nursing and Social Work Practice' module for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Social Work.
- Level 5: Module Lead: 'Developing Relationship Centred Care in Nursing and Social Work Practice' module for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Social Work.
- Level 6: 'Undertaking Service Improvement' module for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Health Studies.
In 2017, I worked with colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University to undertake a qualitative research project regarding 'how involvement in the Special Olympics affects the wellbeing of families who have a family member who is taking part in the games'.
In 2016, I undertook a service evaluation of ‘Partners in Learning’ involvement in the BSc (Hons) Applied Nursing (Learning Disability) Generic Social Work (ANSW), Sheffield Hallam University. 'Partners in Learning’ is a group of people with learning disabilities involved in the 'BSc (Hons) ANSW. In-house policy provided a framework against which 'Partners in Learning's activity was evaluated.
MccCimens, A., Bosworth, D., Brewster, J., & Nutting, C. (2012). Contemporary issues in the training of UK health and social care professionals — Looking after people with a learning disability. Nurse Education Today, 32. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2012.04.021
Nutting, C. (2017). A service evaluation of ‘Partners in Learning’ involvement in the BSc (Hons) Applied Nursing (Learning Disability) & Generic Social Work, Sheffield Hallam University. Presented at: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Research Day, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University
Nutting, C. (2010). Learning Disability Placement Helped Me Observe Boundaries. Royal College of Nursing: http://doi.org/10.7748/ns.24.52.29.s35
Nutting, C. (2009). Through the eyes of Chris Sampson. Down's Syndrome Association: https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/about/dsa-journal/
I volunteer as a 'Dementia Friends Champion' and run Dementia Friends Information Sessions on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society to university staff and students and to local community groups. To find out more visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk
I am an Advisor to a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University.