Jane Sedgewick

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Jane Sedgwick (PhD Candidate, MSc, MSc, BSc, DipSwH, ENB 934, RN, RCN, NADP), is a tutor in mental health nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, King’s College London (KCL). She is also a PhD Candidate within the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, under the supervision of Professor Philip Asherson. She is interested in twice-exceptionality (2e), giftedness, creativity, promoting talent, genius, well-being and flourishing. Jane is keen to develop a model of best practice for supporting university students with ADHD. She feels that the success of these students at university, is likely to influence their success in a highly competitive 21st century employment market.

Jane earned her first degree in Nursing Studies with registration as a mental health nurse at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing. She has undertaken further studies in social welfare, mental health and culture, religion/spirituality, CBT, coaching, psychodynamic interventions, positive psychology and healthcare research.

Jane has worked on the National Psychosis Unit and a Nurse-led Women’s Service, at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust., as well as at a community based Specialist Addictions Unit, East London NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (LSE) to develop and manage a student mental health and well-being service. It was during this time she realized that university students with ADHD were at risk of disadvantage and marginalization during their studies, due to being unable to access to specialist ADHD treatment services. As a response to their specific needs for support, and to ensure the LSE met its legislative duties under the Equality Act (2010), Jane developed a specialist ADHD service for these students. This included access to specialist ADHD psychiatry, psycho-social interventions, Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), exceptional and exceptional-plus reasonable adjustments.  She also began to delivery ADHD Awareness Training and consulted with colleagues working within Disability Services in Higher Education (HE).

Alongside her main job, Jane was an associate lecturer with the Open University (OU) for 10 years. This afforded her opportunities to teach within the prison service. She was also a visiting nurse lecturer at Greenwich University. She also worked at the University of West London as a lecturer in mental health and well-being before accepting a similar post within the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, KCL.

Declaration of Interest

Jane Sedgwick is receiving a bursary towards her PhD tuition fees from the RCN Foundation.