Nicki Fowler RMN, RNLD, DipAppPsych, DipPP, MAHE, MSc

Principal Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing

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Nicki Fowler

Nicki Fowler

Principal Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing

Nicki Fowler is a Principal Lecturer for Learning Disability Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

Nikki joined the university in 2005 as professional lead on Learning Disabilities Nursing and the programme lead for BSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities). As a principal lecturer, her primary area of interest within learning disabilities nursing is preparing pre-registration students to the field of practice. In addition, Nicki also leads on the provision of courses on Dementia.

Nicki previously spent 20 years (1985-2005) working in the NHS with a range of responsibility; from delivery of nursing care and supporting people with learning disabilities with additional mental health problems or challenging behaviours (both in in-patient services and community provision), to managing and leading service provision and senior staff. During this time she gained two professional qualifications in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Nursing, as well as a range of academic and practice based qualifications, including Diploma's in Applied Psychology and Professional Practice.

She has extensive links with learning disabilities service providers and clinicians, both within the geographical areas for commissioning as well as nationally. As professional lead in the university she has developed strategies for service-user involvement commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in validation of our undergraduate programmes.

Posts held previously:

  • 1997-2005, Project Leader/Service Manager, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, 
  • 1992-97, Team Leader, Manager, Bromley Health Authority/Ravensbourne NHS Trust
  • 1989-91, RMHN student nurse, Exeter Health Authority
  • 1988-89, Staff Nurse, Somerset Health Authority
  • 1985-88, RNLD student nurse, Somerset Health Authority

Responsibilities within the university

  • Principal Lecturer, Learning Disability Nursing
  • Programme lead on BSc Nursing Learning Disabilities
  • Professional lead on Learning Disabilities Nursing


  • Member of Steering Group/Lead for Mental Health: Pan London Practice Assessment Document, 2013-15
  • Member of the External Advisory Group Royal College of Nursing: Mental Health Nursing for Adults with Learning Disabilities, 2010
  • Member of the working group for Learning and Intellectual Disabilities Nursing Academic Network/Council of Deans of Health Learning Disabilities: Meeting the Education Needs of Nursing Students, 2015
  • Member of the Nursing Executive Committee, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Member of the Pan London Practice Learning Group
  • Member of the Learning and Intellectual Disabilities Nursing Academic Network
  • Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Key Account Manager, Dartford and Gravesham, NHS Trust
  • External Examiner Teesside University

Research / Scholarly interests

Nicki's interests centre on service-user involvement and inclusion within pre-registration programmes, and the assessment and intervention of people with learning disabilities who have additional challenging behaviours/mental health problems.