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Professor Pauline Heslop

Professor Pauline Heslop

Professor Pauline Heslop
B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol), RGN, RSCN

Professor of Intellectual Disabilities Studies

Office Room 2.4, 8 Priory Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 331 0976

Summary

Current research projects

Pauline is currently the Programme Manager for the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme for England.

Recent projects

Pauline was the lead researcher for the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths in People with Learning Disabilities, commissioned by the Department of Health from 2010 – 2013, which reported its findings in March 2013. The Inquiry was undertaken in partnership with colleagues from Community-based Medicine at the University of Bristol, Bristol PCT and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Pauline was the Principal Investigator on the 'Hidden pain?' research project, which was about the perspectives of people with learning disabilities who self-injure. The research was undertaken in partnership with Bristol Crisis Service for Women from 2006-2009.

Pauline was also a co-investigator on a project funded by the Department of Health and managed by Mind, the national mental health charity. ‘Putting us First’ aimed to increase the number of people with mental health support needs receiving a personalised approach to their support. The project ran from 2008-2010.

Since working at Norah Fry, Pauline has also completed research projects about befriending and short-break services, transition from children’s to adults services, and understandings of psychotropic medications by people with learning difficulties prescribed this treatment.

Biography

Pauline Heslop has a background of working with children and young people in a variety of settings in the UK and overseas. Her early research achievements at the University of Bristol were completed at the School for Policy Studies, and the (former) Department of Social Medicine. She joined the Norah Fry Research Centre in 1999.

Since then, Pauline has worked on a number of major research projects. Her most recent role has been as Principal Investigator of the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities, and she is now working to embed the recommendations of this into practice.

Pauline Heslop's previous research about transition contributed thinking towards the development of the Learning Disability White Paper ‘Valuing People’ (2001); research about the use of psychotropic medications with people with learning difficulties involved collaboration with the national Medicines Partnership and achieved international recognition; and research about short-break services contributed evidence for the 2007 Treasury Spending Review for Disabled Children.

Teaching

Postgraduate Certicicate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

City & Guilds (7307) Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate.

Open College Network Equal Opportunities in Education Certificate.

Pauline has taught sessions on Master’s Courses throughout the University for: the School for Policy Studies, the Graduate School of Education, Clinical Audiology, and Clinical Psychology. She is currently the joint course director for the Personalisation module of the Masters in Disability Studies at the Norah Fry Research Centre.

Keywords

  • Quantitative and qualitative research in the particular areas of
  • General health-related issues
  • Morbidity and mortality of people with learning disabilities
  • Mental health and related issues
  • Transition from children’s to adults services
  • Short-break services and supports
  • Poverty and social disadvantage.

Expertise

Quantitative and qualitative research relating to people with learning disabilities and disabled people more generally in the particular areas of: ?General health-related issues ?Mental health and related issues ?Transition from children's to adults' services ?Short-break services and supports ?Poverty and social disadvantage. I currently lead the national Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities, which is funded by the Department of Health. Prior to this, I was the Principal Investigator on the 'Hidden pain?' research project, which was about the perspectives of people with learning disabilities who self-injure.

  • learning disabilities
  • health and social care
  • health care
  • mental health
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School for Policy Studies

    Research centres

    Recent publications

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