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Ms Cathy Bernal

Senior Lecturer BMBS

School: Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS)

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922793

Profile summary

I am Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability. I have been in post since 2000, when I came directly from working as a Registered Nurse for Learning Disability in the private sector. As a result of that employment, one of my principal interests is in the wellbeing of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities; I also have an interest in the wellbeing needs of people on the autistic spectrum. I teach learning disability and autism throughout most programmes in health and social care, and also within Continuing Professional Development modules.

My other practice and academic interests include the physical and mental health of people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and the involvement of teachers with one or both conditions within the education of health and social care professionals.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a member of the Royal College of Nursing Learning Disability and Education forums, the South East England Learning Disability Nursing Forum and the Kent and Medway RNLD forum. I co-founded LOUD, the university's consultant group of teachers with learning disabilities, chair the university's Learning Disability Education Group, and work closely with both statutory and private sector providers of services to people with learning disabilities in Kent. Alongside colleagues in the university and practice, I assisted in the foundation of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice, now facilitated by the British Institue of Learning Disability.

Publications and research outputs

Bernal C & Nazarjuk A (2012) "Working with People with Profound and Complex Disabilities" in Koubel G and Bungay H, ed (2012) Rights, Risks and Responsibilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Stevens K, Bernal C, Devis K & Southgate A (2017) 'Experiences of service users involved in recruitment for nursing courses: A phenomenological research study'. Nurse Education Today 58, 59 -64


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