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Shirley Durell, Associate

Shirley Durell

For over 20 years, Shirley has worked with and for people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families and supporters. She was a Registered Learning Disability Nurse from 1997 to 2017, consolidating a wealth of experience across the wide spectrum of health and social care, including mental health.

In April 2014, Shirley completed a doctoral study at Coventry University. Her PhD focused on the engagement of people with a learning disability as co-producers of disability and media research discourses, crediting them not only as active members of research communities but also as equal members of less disabling societies.

Since then, Shirley has held varied roles within higher education and academic research environments. She is passionate about the application of inclusive/co-production research principles and in person-centred health and social care services that are designed and delivered to the highest of standards and based on evidence-based policies and practices.

Through her networks, Shirley maintains regular contact with people with a learning disability, autism or both. She firmly believes that this is of the essence, as it exposes her directly to the views and experiences of individuals, their families and supporters. This keeps her in touch and up-to-date with ‘the real world’ of learning disabilities and autism.

Shirley joined NDTi as an associate in July 2019. She remains committed to developing her inclusive researching traits and in making research accessible to ‘under-served’ populations.

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Contact Details

Tel: 07593 443740

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