My job

My job: nursing lecturer and disability contact, Jo Lay

Jo Lay explains why a coffee with Alan Tyne, author of The principle of normalisation: a foundation for effective services, was a pivotal moment in her training.
Jo Lay

Jo Lay is nursing lecturer and disability contact in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds.

What is your job?

For 15 years I've been a lecturer at the University of Leeds. I started as a lecturer and practitioner with a practice base in the voluntary sector. We don't have a learning disability nursing programme, but I have been able to develop awareness training for other health and social care professionals.

I'm a panellist for the Nursing and Midwifery Council on its conduct and competence committee and health committees.

Why did you become a nurse?

When I left school, I knew I wanted to support people with a learning disability. At age 11, I met a neighbour with Down’s syndrome who wanted to be friends but I was scared of him.

My parents introduced me to


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