Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns BA (Hons) RNLD, RNT, RSW

Lecturer In Learning Disability Nursing


I have a special interest in dual diagnosis; Learning Disabilities and Mental Health, particularly in Children and Adolescents. I am keen to promote and develop Autism and Learning Disability awareness and training for all future health and social care professionals, with a view to improve outcomes and safety for individuals with learning disabilities who access services.


I have a keen interest in equality and diversity, and am the current departmental champion for Athena SWAN. I am a former graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and returned to work here after gaining extensive experience as a Clinical Nurse within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Learning Disability service.

I deliver teaching on the dual Learning Disability and Social Work course, one of only two such courses in England. I also work to develop innovative technology enhanced learning experiences for students, including on placement learning experiences, fully embracing the link lecturer role to work with placements to enhance and improve student experience.


I teach on the BSc (Hons) Applied Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Generic Social Work

I am Module Lead for 'Integrating the Science of Nursing and Social Work' and Co-Module Lead for 'Consolidating the Science and Practice of Nursing and Social Work'


Journal articles

McClimens, A., & Burns, S. (2016). Looking after people with learning disabilities part three: who will care? Learning Disability Practice, 19 (3), 28-32.

McClimens, A., & Burns, S. (2016). Looking after service users part two: nursing versus social work. Learning Disability Practice, 19 (2), 27-30.

Burns, S., Mcclimens, A., & Perry, G. (2015). Caring for people with autism spectrum disorder. Learning Disability Practice, 18 (5), 16-20.

Conference papers

Burns, S., sanderson, R., & West, N. (2016). "Can mobile technology enhance the Placement learning experience - Offering effective support at a distance". In Learning and Teaching Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2016. Sheffield Hallam University:

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