Professor Pauline Heslop

B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol), RGN, RSCN

  • BS8 1TZ


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Research interests

Current research projects

Pauline is currently the Programme Manager for the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme for England.

Recent projects

Pauline was the lead researcher for the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths in People with Learning Disabilities, commissioned by the Department of Health from 2010 – 2013, which reported its findings in March 2013. The Inquiry was undertaken in partnership with colleagues from Community-based Medicine at the University of Bristol, Bristol PCT and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Pauline was the Principal Investigator on the 'Hidden pain?' research project, which was about the perspectives of people with learning disabilities who self-injure. The research was undertaken in partnership with Bristol Crisis Service for Women from 2006-2009.

Pauline was also a co-investigator on a project funded by the Department of Health and managed by Mind, the national mental health charity. ‘Putting us First’ aimed to increase the number of people with mental health support needs receiving a personalised approach to their support. The project ran from 2008-2010.

Since working at Norah Fry, Pauline has also completed research projects about befriending and short-break services, transition from children’s to adults services, and understandings of psychotropic medications by people with learning difficulties prescribed this treatment.

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  • Health Science and Technology

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CIPOLD: Confidential inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning difficulties

Heslop, P., Marriott, A., Blair, P., Fleming, P., Houghton, M. & Russ, L.


Project: Research

  • NI mortality work

    Heslop, P.


    Project: Research

    Learning disability and Northern Ireland: Achieving proportionate universalism through administrative data research

    Murphy, J., Shelvin, M., McBride, O., Taggart, L. & Heslop, P.


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

    Heslop, P., Blair, P. S., Fleming, P. J., Hoghton, M. A., Marriott, A. M. & Russ, L. S., 2013, In : Lancet. S0140-6736(13)62026-7.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 193 Citations (Scopus)

    Caring for a woman with intellectual disabilities who refuses clinical diagnostic investigations

    Heslop, P., Hoghton, M. A., Marriott, A. M., Jepson, M. & Noble, A., Jan 2014, In : BMJ. 348, p. 1-4 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Being Happy and Healthy

    Heslop, P., 16 Jun 2020, Promoting the Health and Well-Being of People with Learning Disabilities. Heslop, P. & Hebron, C. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Supervised Work

    Beyond accommodations: Access to justice for disabled women in the context of domestic violence or abuse

    Author: Orchard, M., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Murray, R. (Supervisor) & Heslop, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Class repetition: the experience of young people of repeating a class in primary school education in Tanzania

    Author: Kishebuka, O., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Dowling, S. (Supervisor) & Heslop, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Social Science (DSocSci)


    The increasing use of permanent exclusion by primary schools: a thematic analysis of the perceptions of school staff and Educational Psychologists

    Author: Gould, C., 8 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Heslop, P. (Supervisor) & Hand, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)