Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward RNLD, CertFE, DipN, Dip App Psych, PGDipHE, MSc

Peter Woodward

Peter Woodward
RNLD, CertFE, DipN, Dip App Psych, PGDipHE, MSc

Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities

Department of Family Care and Mental Health

Faculty of Education and Health

Peter Woodward is a Senior Lecturer for Learning Disabilities in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Peter joined the university in 2006 as senior lecturer mainly on pre-registration Nursing: BSc Hons Learning Disability programme and the foundation degree Intellectual Disabilities course. He is also a certified Moving and Handling, and Breakaway Skills instructor.

He graduated as a registered nurse in 1998 specialising in challenging and forensic behaviours and the mental health of learning disabilities. He worked as a nurse in forensic and challenging behaviour services with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust prior to working as the training officer for the Estia Centre (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), that supports adults with learning disabilities and their mental health needs.

He has many publications in his field of interest on mental health in learning disabilities, including providing guidance for the Royal College of Nursing.

Posts held previously:

  • 2003-06, Training Officer, Estia Centre
  • 2000-03, Deputy Nurse Manager, Oxleas NHS Trust
  • 1999-2000, Lead Nurse, Oxleas NHS Trust
  • 1995-98, Student Nurse, University Greenwich
  • 1994-95, Support Worker, Greenwich Health Care
  • 1986-94, Engineer, Ministry of Defence
  • Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • Lecturer on pre-registration Nursing: BSc Hons Learning Disability programme and intellectual disabilities foundation degree course
  • Breakaway Skills instructor
  • Referee panel member on: Learning Disability Practice; Advances in Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities; Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Judging panel for learning disability nurse of the year 2012

Peter's MPhil/PhD study examined whether the use of mental health promotion groups increase mental well-being in people with learning disabilities. His MSc project researched nurses' attitudes towards people with learning disabilities in acute mental health settings.

Woodward, P. (2014). Positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities: A care quality guide for health and social care staff and carers. Brighton: Pavilion.

Hardy, S., Woodward, P., Woolard, P. and Tait, T. (2013). Meeting the health needs of people with learning disabilities: Guidance for nursing staff. 3rd ed. London: Royal College of Nursing.

Woodward, P. (2013). Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities. [LD205 Trainer pack] Brighton: Pavilion.

Woodward, P. (2013). Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities. [LD305 Trainer pack] Brighton: Pavilion.

Woodward, P. (2011). Challenging behaviour. In: S. Hardy, S and T. Joyce, eds., Challenging behaviour and people with learning disabilities: A handbook. Brighton: Pavilion.

Woodward, P. and Hardy, S. (2011). Staff support and training. In: G. Holt., S. Hardy, and N. Bouras, eds., Mental health in Intellectual disabilities: A reader. 4th ed. Brighton: Pavilion.

Woodward, P. (2011). Opinion piece on the regulation of support workers. Nursing Times, 107(23), p. 7.

Hardy, S., Woodward, P., Woolard, P. and Tait, T. (2011). Meeting the health needs of people with learning disabilities: Guidance for nursing staff (Second edition). London, Royal College of Nursing.

Hardy, S., Chaplin, E. and Woodward, P. (2010). Mental health nursing of adults with learning disabilities. Royal College of Nursing: RCN guidance [online].

Woodward, P. (2010). What do people with learning disabilities think about challenging behaviour? In: S. Hardy, and T. Joyce, eds., Challenging Behaviour: a Training Pack. OLM Pavilion: Brighton.

Woodward, P. and Hardy, S. (2010). Values, principles, definitions and approaches. In: S. Hardy, and T. Joyce, eds., Challenging Behaviour: a Training Pack. OLM Pavilion: Brighton.

Woodward, P. and Halls, S. (2009). Staff training in the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities in the UK. Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, 3(2). 

Hardy, S., Woodward, P., Halls, S. and Creet, B. (2009). Mental Health Promotion for People with Learning Disabilities. Brighton: OLM Pavilion Publishing.

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