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Academic Biography

Josh joined the University in early 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Learning Disabilities, having gained broad clinical experience in adult learning disability and mental health services, including clinical management. As a Teesside University graduate (2011), he holds professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a 1st level Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities. He is the current Course Leader for undergraduate, pre-registration Nursing (Learning Disabilities) having a range of oversight and input into the curriculum and associated activities.

He gained his Master of Science degree in 2018 from Portsmouth University which focussed on applied psychology of intellectual disabilities, and also gained his teaching qualification in 2018 with the University which is additionally registered with the NMC. He is currently studying a Professional Doctorate, the focus of which will be on professional practice around learning disability nursing with particular interest in attitudes and perceptions of the profession.

Summary of Research Interests

Current research interests are around professional practice in learning disability nursing, people with a learning disability, autistic people, people with mental health problems and lived experience.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

  • Conference speaker – 5th National Learning Disability Nursing Symposium, NHS England/HEE, December 2022. ‘Creating a shared decision making council’
  • Conference speaker – Nursing in Social Care Conference, Skills for Care, June 2022. ‘Nursing in Social Care and the Private Sector’
  • Speaker - Research Webinar Series (NHS England, hosted by University of Huddersfield): Learning Disability Nurses in Research, October 2023, 'Early Career Research in Learning Disability Nursing'

Hodgson, J. (2023) Learning Disabilities. In Davison, N. and Matthews, D. (Eds.) Handbook for Trainee Nurse Associates. Cheltenham: Lantern Publishing

Research Projects & External Funding

Current Projects:

Working Title: Attitudes Towards Learning Disability Nursing: A qualitative study

Director of Studies: Dr. Rebekah McNaughton
External Expert Advisor: Dr. Marie Gressmann

Funding: Internal - part of Professional Doctorate


Additional projects and roles:

  • Researcher – Adult Not Brought Evaluation Strategy
  • Patient and Public Involvement Lead and Co-Applicant – Learning Disability and Autism Demand Signalling Research bid


Tuschick, E., Barker, J., Hodgson, J., Sykes, K. and Giles, E. (2023) A scoping review of the accessible resources available on long term health conditions for people with learning disabilities. Teesside University: Middlesbrough

Academic Achievements

Teesside University STAR Award (Nomination) - Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Academic Responsibilities

Josh is the current Field Leader for MSc Nursing Studies - Learning Disabilities (Pre-Registration).

Josh holds module leadership for a wide range of core and field-specific modules in academic levels 4 to 7.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Additional Roles:

  • External examiner, University of Cumbria – BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities), PgC Advanced Practice in Learning Disability and/or Autism, PgC Autism: Practice Development, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Advisor, Development of CNO Enhanced Training Modules LDNP Commission – NHS England and Health Education England

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University

Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

Master, Applied Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities), Teesside University

Award Date: 19 Sept 2011

Professional Doctorate, Professional Practice, Teesside University

External positions

Co-Chair, National Learning Disability Nursing Shared Professional Decision-Making Council (NHS England)

Jan 2022 → …


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