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Meet the Team

Simon Jones

Forum Chair

Nurse Consultant
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Simon is a Learning Disability Nurse Consultant working across Oxfordshire’s Learning Disability Services which comprise 4 Community Learning Disability Teams and one in-patient Learning Disability Forensic Ward. 

Prior to working for the NHS Simon worked in the independent sector for 8 years as Head of Behavioural Support. He worked in 3 different national organisations as their clinical lead. Prior to that Simon worked in and managed NHS Community Learning Disability Teams, NHS Outreach Teams, Learning Disability Residential Homes and Learning Disablity Supported Living schemes.

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. Simon is also a Fellow of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 


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

CEO & Nurse Consultant

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. He is also interested in the needs of people with learning disabilities accessing mainstream services, such as hospitals.

His aim for PBS4 is to provide community solutions for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours.   Prior to this he was a Chief Operations Officer for a social care provider, and he has 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 Foundation and Autism Wessex.  , Both these organisations provide specialist schooling for children with autism, and Loddon also provide a physical intervention package.

Jonathan enjoys writing about learning disability nursing and has 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. 

Katrina Marshall-Tate

Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities

Karina Marshall-Tate joined the RCN Learning Disabilities Forum in January 2016.  She has a clinical interest in the mental health needs of people with a learning disability and education & training for non-LD clinicians to enhance clinical practice and reduce health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Karina qualified as a RNLD from the University of Southampton in 2000 and has since gone on to work in South London in specialist NHS mental health services for people with a learning disability across community and inpatient settings.  Karina also works as a part time senior researcher and lecturer at London South Bank University on projects relating to the criminal justice system and people with a learning disability. 


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 

Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing
University of Sunderland

Glenn has been a learning disability nurse for ten years.  Since qualifying he has worked in forensic healthcare, primarily in community services and developing pathways to prevent admission to the criminal justice system and secure services.   

In 2013, Glenn was acknowledged for his contribution to the field of learning disability nursing by been awarded the Nursing Times award for developing a psycho educational intervention to promote safe use of the internet amongst people with learning disabilities.  

Within his current role, Glenn has a number of research interests including exploring the diagnostic experiences of adults with autism and post-diagnosis support provision. 

Katie Edwards 

Honorary Teacher
The University of Sheffield

Katie has worked with people with learning disabilities for 16 years. The first 6 years of her career was in the independent sector providing supported living for adults with a learning disability in the community. She became a Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism in secure services. She carries out Care and Treatment Reviews as a Clinical Expert for NHS England in the Yorkshire and Humber region and is currently studying MSc in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an honorary teacher at the University of Sheffield and is venturing into the conference circuit where she will share her experience of Clinical Auditing and Reducing Health Equalities for people with learning disabilities. 

She is  passionate about people with learning disabilities receiving fair care and treatment and that people working in this field are given the skills and training to do their job well. 


Professional Lead: Annie Norman

Page last updated - 29/11/2019