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A tribute to Alan Parrish

Published: 17 September 2013

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is sad to report that Alan Parrish, a pioneer in the field of learning disability nursing, has died. Alan was the RCN’s adviser for learning disability nursing from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. 

Paying tribute to Alan, Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, says:  “Alan was a hugely respected and much loved RCN adviser and a true leader in the field of learning disability nursing. I knew Alan from my previous roles in the NHS and you could always trust Alan to tell you the things you absolutely needed to hear, however difficult.  He was a gentle, charming colleague with a great sense of humour and a talent for bringing out the best in people.  He inspired many, many people to choose this branch of nursing.

“Alan changed the face of learning disability nursing and was known the length and breadth of the UK for his pioneering work. Above all, he was a champion for the rights of people with learning disabilities to receive excellent care and take their rightful place in society.”

Alan’s funeral will take place at 10.30am on Friday 27 September at the Surrey and Sussex crematorium in Crawley, West Sussex.