Staff Profiles: Kim Scarborough

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Staff Profile: Kim Scarborough
Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing

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Kim Scarborough

Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing


I have two areas of expertise, Learning Disabilities Nursing and co-production with members of the public in health and social care HE programmes.


Public involvement is essential in the development of skilled and empathetic health and social care professionals and something I am happy to talk to people about.

I have over 38 years experience working with people with learning disabilities specialising in working with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and family carers. I became a lecturer/practitioner in 2001 and a full time senior lecturer in 2008.

I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006 for my work in embedding public involvement by developing systems, staff training and training for members of the public, especially people with learning disabilities and their carers, to widen participation and enhance nurse education.


Award Title Institution Date
MSc Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and Multi-sensory Impairment Manchester University 2005
PGC Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University of the West of England 2003
BSc Community Studies Cheltenham College of Higher Education 2000
RN Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse Turner Village Hospital 1987


National Teaching Fellowship Higher Education Academy 2006 for public involvement and widening participation

Employee of the year 2018 (UWE) for enhancement of health and social care education through sustained involvement of the public across a number of programmes and departments

Membership of professional bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council

National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and research


My main teaching focus is learning disability nursing, but also supporting the understanding of health needs of people with learning disabilities in other health and social care programmes. I also teach about public involvement in higher education and am happy to support academic and other university staff to develop skills that enable active co-production of professional educational programmes and the systems that underpin this. I use a range of teaching methods both online and face-to-face.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research interest is public involvement in higher education.

External responsibilities

External examining

I have been an external examiner for 12 years with my current tenure with the University of Northampton.