Avril Hocking RNMH, Dip, BSc Hons, PGDip, MA

Senior Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing

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Avril Hocking

Avril Hocking

Senior Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing

Avril Hocking is a Senior Lecturer for Learning Disability Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

As a senior lecturer since 2005, her primary focus is within the pre-registration Learning Disability Nursing programme. She also provides teaching on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and additional training to stakeholders when requested. She has further responsibility as course coordinator, Link tutor, and Personal tutor.

As adult safeguarding lead in the faculty she works alongside the children's safeguarding lead to coordinate training, the development and implementation of safeguarding policies and supporting issues raised by students.

Avril's previous professional experience included the management of community residential/short-break stay services for children and adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. She previously held the post of Lecturer Practitioner, working across both the University of Greenwich and the Learning Disability Directorate.

Avril's main teaching areas relate to learning disability specific training, but she has an interest in safeguarding adults particularly in relation to people with learning disabilities. Additionally, Avril has successfully managed a project which developed an interactive game teaching tool about dementia. This interactive tool has been endorsed by the Quality Group within the Institute of Integrated Care as an example of good practice.

Posts held previously:

  • 2002-05, Lecturer/Practitioner, University of Greenwich
  • 2003–05, Practice Coordinator, West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust
    Mentoring and providing clinical supervision to the home managers, providing training across a local NHS trust across the Learning Disability Services

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing
  • Lecturer on the pre-registration Learning Disability Nursing programme
  • Lecturer on CPD courses
  • Link tutor
  • Personal tutor


  • Member of Royal College of Nursing
  • Member of the Higher Education Kent Surrey & Sussex Teaching and Enhanced Learning Programme Board

Research / Scholarly interests

Avril's research focus is on safeguarding vulnerable adults, in particular people with learning disabilities. Study has looked at how the police respond to adults with learning disabilities as victims, witnesses or perpetrators of abuse. She is also interested in the use of Web 2:0/social networking/Twitter with students.