The Team

Dave Atkinson

Dave qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1991 before going on to study applied behavioural psychology at the Tizard Centre; and Mental Health Studies at the Estia Centre. He worked as a Clinical Specialist and Consultant Nurse within the NHS for many years; this included working on a part time basis as a senior lecturer at Bradford University. Dave also managed large teams of allied health professionals and specialist nurses; led the development of governance systems; developed wide ranging integrated care pathways for both community teams and in-patient services; and supported service turnaround and modernisation initiatives.

Since leaving the NHS in 2012, Dave has worked on a consultancy basis with a range of NHS and independent sector providers; as well as (amongst others) the Department of Health, the Royal College of Nursing, the Care Quality Commission, NHS England, National Health Education Scotland and the National Development Team for Inclusion. Dave is one of the co-authors of the widely acclaimed Health Equalities Framework (HEF). He continues to pursue a number of related initiatives which focus on reducing the health inequalities experienced by marginalised populations. He also retains an interest in the objective measurement of service outcomes.

Whilst at the Department of Health, Dave led the development of several strands of national policy relating to the reduction of restrictive interventions across health and social care; and the proliferation of Positive Behavioural Support across learning disability services.

Dave continues to publish on a range of topics and regularly presents at conferences both within the UK and internationally. He is a keen supporter of initiatives which aim to strengthen nursing leadership and to promote the ongoing modernisation of the learning disability nursing profession.

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