Miss Jillian Pawlyn

Job: Senior Lecturer - Learning Disabilities

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8826

E: jillian.pawlyn@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/nursingandmidwifery


Personal profile

Jillian Pawlyn has a background in Learning/ Intellectual Disabilities Nursing and is an enthusiast and advocate of Technology Enhanced Learning.

During her years as a registered nurse Jillian has developed a specialist interest in the health needs of people with a learning/ intellectual disability in particular those individuals who have Profound Intellectual and/or Multiple Disabilities (PIMD/ PMLD). 

In her early research career Jillian’s focus has been on how nurses use eLearning in Professional Education she also has an interest in how technology can widen access to health information and developments in digital health literacy in particular Service User and Carer digital health literacy.


Publications and outputs 

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Areas of teaching

  • Learning/ Intellectual disabilities
  • Profound and Multiple Learning/ Intellectual Disabilities
  • Service User and Carer Engagement
  • Global Health


  • MSc - Master of Science in eLearning in Professional Education (Oxford Brookes University);
  • PCTHE - Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE)
  • BA (Hons) - BA (Hons) Specialist Community Practice (University of Luton)
  • Dip HE - Diploma Higher Education (Nursing) (Oxford Brookes University)


  • TCH - Teacher Qualification (NMC)
  • SCLD - Specialist Practitioner (Community Learning Disability Nursing) (NMC)
  • RNLD (Registered Nurse – Learning Disability) (NMC)
  • NZRN – Registered Nurse (New Zealand) (NCNZ)

Courses taught

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing

Honours and awards

  • Oxford Brookes University Associate Teaching Fellow, 2004. Enhancing inter-professional learning within a Virtual Learning Environment.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council)
  • RCN (Royal College of Nursing)

Professional licences and certificates

  • TCH - Teacher Qualification (NMC);
  • SCLD - Specialist Practitioner (Community Learning Disability Nursing) (NMC);
  • RNLD - Registered Nurse – Learning Disability (United Kingdom) (NMC);


Faculty representative for the Innovative Deployment of Technology (IDT) strand on the HEI Challenge for Patient Supported Quality Improvement and Education in Healthcare in partnership with the universities across the East Midlands and Sheffield. The aim of this project is to stimulate and support the spread of health innovation, innovation in quality improvement, and education for innovation and improvement across the East Midlands.

Conference attendance

  • Practice Learning Conference: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (25 April and 8 Sept 2017)
  • Lincolnshire Healthcare Conference for Teachers and Advisors (29 June 2017)
  • Learning Disability 'Experience' day  (22 to 23 June 2017)
  • Nursing Conference: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2 May 2017)
  • De Montfort University, International Nurses Day -  Experience of Nursing in New Zealand (12 May 2014).
  • Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference. ‘Our Time’ (06 to 08/11/2013), Poster presentation. 'Raising our Sights' guides.
  • 'Raising our sights - making it happen' national conference (25/03/11), Chair of the Health and Well-being stream.
  • National Network for Learning Disability Nurses, Networking Conference (19 to 20/07/2010). Reasonable adjustment to care - from rhetoric to reality. Poster presentation Learning Disability Nurses’ use of elearning.
  • Oxford Brookes University, School of Health and Social Care (01/07/10) Learning Disability Nurses' use of elearning. A presentation to academic peers within the school and university and invited guests, providing an overview of my MSc research project.
  • North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) - eLearning in Health & Social Care - Theory to Practice earning conference (18/03/05) -‘Enhancing inter-professional learning within a virtual learning environment (VLE)’.
  • e-Learning Here and Now 3: e is for embedding and enhancing (09/07/04) An e-learning experience for all! - The development of critical appraisal skills - A presentation of the planning and delivery of a student activity using C&IT, to develop skills of critical appraisal, and the discerning use of web based materials.
  • Association of Continence Advisors 1st European Conference (Northern Ireland) (05/03/02) - Continence and Barriers to People who have a Learning Disability.
  • Nexus Conference (17/10/01) - PALS and local developments within Learning Disability services.

Key research outputs


The Views of Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities on Annual Health Checks https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/13159

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