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Professor Andy Lovell
Professor in Mental Health and Learning Disability
Andy received his PhD in 2004 from the department of sociology at the University of Liverpool, which explored, within a social constructionist framework, the role of self-injury over the life course of a group of individuals with learning disabilities.
Certificate in Education, RNLD, BA Hons (1st Class) Sociology, PhD (Sociology)
He worked initially as a learning disability nurse during the 1980s, undertaking courses in working with the violent individual and community care, before transferring into education whilst it was still based in the old institutions.
He successfully completed his first degree in 1994 and began work at Chester in the same year as a Senior Lecturer. He has been a Reader in Learning Disabilities since 2007 continuing to run specialist learning disability courses, such as the multi-disciplinary forensic module, and more recently the research module that links a number of Masters Faculty educational programmes.
Andy's primary research interests lie in the areas of self-injury and the relationship between learning disability and criminal behaviour.
Projects relating to this latter area include a collaborative study to describe the particular competencies required by nurses working in varying areas of security (community, low, medium & high), an action research study within a low secure learning disability service, and supervision of a Gladstone student investigating varying legal and professional constructions of the relationship between intellectual disability and the criminal justice system.
The project relating to the skills and competencies necessary to work in different levels of security is being conducted in conjunction with the Consultant Forensic Learning Disability Nurse within Cheshire & Wirral Partnership Trust. The data collection stage is almost complete, an initial exploratory paper has been accepted (see below), and analysis will continue over the Summer.
A further partnership has been developed with C-I-C, an independent sector organisation, with the aim of a proposal being submitted to the Biglottery in May 2009. This is an exciting collaboration investigating the feasibility of developing a service for offenders based on individual need rather than identifiable label, such as history of mental health, substance abuse or learning disability.