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

Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities

Peter Woodward is a Senior Lecturer for Learning Disabilities in the School of Health Sciences 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

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Learning Disabilities, School of Health Sciences
  • 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

Research / Scholarly interests

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.