Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Michael Flack is a registered learning disability nurse with expertise in many areas of learning disability care.
Michael has worked in the field of learning disabilities since 1977, in a variety of different settings. He qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1999 and worked from that period predominantly in the community, supporting people living in their own or family homes or small residential homes. He joined Anglia Ruskin in 2005.
Michael is passionate about supporting the rights of this group of people whom society have often treated with scorn and derision. Since working in a large institution, he has become interested in the history of learning disabilities and how society has viewed and treated people over time.
Michael's research interests include:
People with a learning disability have been viewed in a variety of different ways over the centuries. We have much to learn from attitudes from the past.
People with a learning disability are at significantly greater risk of developing epilepsy than the general population. It is often more severe and more difficult to manage. Those with severe learning disabilities are often at major risk from swallowing difficulties, with aspiration pneumonia being one of the leading causes of death in this group.
Michael currently teaches on a number of aspects of the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme, providing expertise on Learning Disability Awareness, communication, etc. He also provides workshops for a number of NHS trusts, on Learning Disability awareness. Michael currently has responsibilities as module tutor for Mental Health Undergraduate Major Projects and Medicine Calculation for safe practice. He's the personal tutor for a first year adult pre-reg group.