Sarah Duffin

  • Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing and Pathway Lead
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
 Sarah Duffin


After many years working with individuals with learning disabilities I qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse from University College of St Martin in March 1999. I have specialised in Challenging Behaviour for the majority of my career, I have worked laterly as a Community Learning Disability Nurse and prior to that roles in Forensic settings and assessment and treatment.  I joined the University in December 2017 and have been keen to embed learning disabilities within the nursing cirriculum with a focus on health inequalities and positive behavioural support.

Qualifications and memberships

Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities NMC registration March 1999 University College of St Martin

Bsc Hons Applied Behaviour Analysis and Intervention with 1st class honours. July 2011 Edge Hill University

PGCert Teaching and Learning in Professional Practice with distinction. September 2017 University of Northumbria

Professional Bodies

HEA Fellow

NMC Teacher

NMC registraton

Academic and research interests

Main Subject / Interest areas

Challenging Behaviour

Health Inequalities

Learning Disability Studies pre-registration

TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) assessor

TRiM is an evidence-based response to traumatic events which conforms to NICE guidance.  TRiM utilises structured risk assessments to identify the need for early referral with the aim of preventing PTSD and trauma related mental health difficulties.