Jill Davies, Research Programme Manager

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Jill has worked for the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities since April 2002. Her role as Research Programme Manager largely involves working on projects relating to children and young people with learning disabilities. The majority of her work is spread across the many aspects of project management, ranging from identifying areas of research, obtaining funding, recruiting an advisory board, right through to the development of outputs at the end and the project’s dissemination.

Jill has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 20 years. She previously managed a family support service for children with autism and also worked as a Nurse Therapist on a specialist team for children and young people at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley hospitals.

Jill has a number of academic achievements that supplement her expert insight into the field of learning disabilities. She is a Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities (RNLD), holds a BSc Degree in Psychology, and has recently published "What Kind of a Future for Young People with Down’s Syndrome? The Views and Concerns of their Families" (2010).

Jill represents the FPLD on a number of groups, including the Chair of the Transition Information Network steering group, the PMLD network, and the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group.

Outside of work, Jill’s biggest passion is travel and she takes great joy in planning a holiday. She also enjoys walking in the countryside, doing Ashtanga yoga and cooking.

Jill's Blog

  • Published 29 October 2013
    Turning 16 is a milestone age, but when you have a child with complex health needs this milestone is even more significant.
  • Published 11 October 2013
    Neglecting a person’s posture during sleep has serious health consequences, particularly for children with complex health needs. We need to make a greater investment to ensure children are properly supported.
  • Published 05 September 2013
    Travel can be challenging for everyone but it can be more so if you have a physical disability. A family and I met with Virgin Atlantic to discuss our concerns about flying and learnt lots of useful tips.
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