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Meet the Team

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Forum Chair

Head of Behavioural Support and a Nurse Consultant

Simon leads a team of behavioural specialist  covering the whole of the UK. The team utilise a  Positive Behavioural Support based approach and have, to date, achieved sector leading reductions in restrictive interventions by focusing on Active Support and quality of life goals for the service users Lifeways supports. It  is one of the UK’s leading providers of support services for people with diverse and often complex needs in community settings in the UK, supporting over 4,750 people with complex needs and has in excess of 7,500 employees. Simon is also BILD PBS consultant and a Tizard Associate.  

Prior to working for Lifeways Simon worked in and latterly managed NHS Community Learning Disability Teams, NHS Outreach Teams, LD Residential Homes and LD Supported Living schemes, specialising in providing support to people whose behaviours inhibit their quality of life. Simon has a Master’s Degree from the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent in LD and Autism and two first class degrees in Behavioural Therapy and Community Nursing as well as being a Learning Disability Nurse. In 2008 he was appointed a Queens Nurse and is published author in his field of expertise.
 Dave Atkinson

Dave Atkinson

Independent Consultant Nurse

Dave qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1991. Following post graduate studies at both the Tizard Centre and Kings College London, he went on to develop a clinical specialism in the care and support of people with behaviours that might be described as challenging; and those with associated mental health needs. He worked as a Consultant Nurse within the NHS for 8 years, which also included working as a part time lecturer at the University of Bradford, before going on to establish an independent consultancy. He has also worked as a Consultant Nurse in the independent sector and spent a year as the Strategic Lead for Learning Disabilities and Autism at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Building on insights gained as a result of managing and developing a large multidisciplinary health facilitation team, in 2013 Dave was one of the team of consultant learning disability nurses who developed and authored the Health Equalities Framework, or HEF (an evidence based outcomes framework which aims to reduce avoidable health inequalities). 

As in Independent Consultant, Dave has worked on wide ranging quality improvement projects with numerous health and social care providers, from both statutory and third sectors; as well as for the Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, the National Development Team for Inclusion, the RCN and NHS Education for Scotland. Dave has been a member of the UK Strengthening the Commitment Steering group since its inception; he also continues to regularly publish and present on a range of topics at both domestic and international conferences. Dave remains active in various research initiatives, largely focused on outcomes measurement, quality of life improvement, reducing health inequalities and more recently on the use of new assistive technologies.

When not working, Dave is usually to be found either trailing across a lonely fell-top somewhere in Northern England, sat playing one of a variety of musical instruments in an informal jamming session, or tootling along the canal network in an old and somewhat quirky narrowboat!!

Jonathan Beebee

Jonathan Beebee

Independent Nurse Consultant and Director

Jonathan is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse with MSc in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour. He is passionate about the needs of people who have behaviours described as challenging and Positive Behaviour Support. As well as the needs of people with learning disabilities accessing mainstream services, such as hospitals.

His am is to provide consultancy and community solutions for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours.   Prior to this he was a Chief Operations Officer for a social care provider, where he managed NHS learning disability services for people with challenging behaviour, and undertook project development work for the Department of Health on the needs of people with learning disabilities who are in contact with the Criminal Justice System. 

He has worked in a variety of settings including: Community Learning Disability Teams, Intensive Support Teams, Secure Forensic CAMHS, Youth Offending Teams, CAMHS Community Teams, and Secure Mental Health settings, and is also a Trustee for the Loddon School, a specialist school for children with autism and the owners of PROACT-SCIP.

Jonathan enjoys writing about learning disability nursing and have published several articles in Learning Disability Practice and Nursing Standard and has had a chapter published in a book on Nurse Leadership.  He  regularly blogs about Positive Behaviour Support.

Karina Marshall-Tate

Katrina Marshall-Tate

Teacher, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences  
King’s College London

Karina Marshall-Tate joined the RCN Learning Disabilities Forum in January 2016 as its newest steering committee member. She has worked as a learning disabilities nurse in NHS community and inpatient settings as a team leader and clinical pathway lead in specialist services for people with concomitant mental illness and behaviours which challenge services.

Karina currently leads a project scoping the education and training needs of clinicians who do not normally work in the field and developing and delivering training to enhance clinical practice and reduce health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. Karina qualitied as a RNLD from the University of Southampton in 2000 and has since gone on to work in South London. She has a BSc in Mental Health Work (University of Greenwich, 2004) where she adapted psycho-social interventions for psychosis for use with people with learning disabilities. She is currently studying for an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and is a visiting teacher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King’s College London. .

David Williams

David Williams

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Salford Learning Disability Service

Dave Williams has been in his current role since 2009.   He completed his Learning Disability Nurse training in 2001, and also holds a diploma in social work, since qualifying he has worked in community teams and supported living services. 

Since 2013 Dave has chaired the influential North Learning Disability Nurses network, he also since 2008 has chaired the NW PBS network. 

In January 2015 Dave was appointed to the RCN Learning disability forum steering committee, he has previously sat on the winterbourne Assurance Board and was a member of the Bubb report steering group.
Since 2014 Dave has been a invited member of the National Challenging Behaviour Strategy Group (NCBSG) steering committee.
Dave currently is leading for workforce development for the Greater Manchester Transforming Care Partnership 

Glenn Batey 

Bio to come. 

Holly Parry

Bio to come.


Professional Lead: Annie Norman

Page last updated - 14/11/2018