Programme Lead (Nursing and Care Specialities)
Peter came to the UK in 1981, having qualified as a learning disability nurse in the Netherlands. After 6 years in practice, his career path moved into education, initially as In-service Education and Professional Development Officer for the Oxfordshire Learning Disability Service. In 1989 he joined the university and is now Principal Lecturer and Programme Lead for Nursing and Care Specialities, which encompasses Mental Health, Children's and Learning Disability Nursing and the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.
His clinical interest is Epilepsy and People with a Learning Disability and this was the focus of his research whilst doing his MSc in Learning Disability Studies at Portsmouth Polytechnic.
He also has a strong interest in European and International collaboration in health and social care and the way transcultural care can be used to meet challenges of migration and diversity. He was involved with Erasmus student exchange programmes for many years, and runs an optional health and social care elective module that over the years has allowed many hundreds of students to explore health and social care across the globe. He is Secretary and Vice President of the Association of Care Educators in Europe (ACE Europe) and has been actively involved in European collaboration in the field of learning disability for many years.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Secretary and Vice President – Association of Care Educators in Europe (ACE Europe).
Member of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses Association (ESNA)
Peter is currently module leader for the following undergraduate modules:
- U40910: Professional Practice Experience 1
- U40920: Professional Practice Experience 2
- U40930: Professional Practice Experience 3
- U40988: Independent Study
- U40999: Learning Disability Nursing Dissertation
- U43725: Health and Social Care Elective
- U43752: Legal & Ethical Issues in Mental Health & Learning Disability Services
Epilepsy & Learning Disabilities
Teaching on diversity and inclusion issues
Transcultural care and European collaboration
Peer reviewed papers
Klepping L & Zaagman P (2009) Midazolam and epilepsy in people with learning disabilities. Learning Disability Practice, 12 (2) 30-35
Zaagman P (2008) RNLDplus: Enhancing student knowledge and experience. Learning Disability Practice, 11 (6) 16-19
Cunningham O and Zaagman P (2000) Client centred approaches in planning and delivering care for people with learning disability and epilepsy, Learning Disability Practice, 3 (3) 16 -19
Zaagman P (1998) Epilepsy and Learning Disability Nursing: The Case for Expert Knowledge, APLD Journal, Vol. 15, No 1, pp 4-9
Zaagman P (1991) Understanding Epilepsy, Community Living, 5 (2) 10-13.
Hopper M & Zaagman P (2003) Towards Culturally Sensitive Healthcare – Student Experience, Proceedings of the 5th Annual conference of the TNHA in partnership with the FoNS, 36–41, Birmingham: University of Central England
Hopper M & Zaagman P (2002) Culturally Competent Healthcare: Equipping our Students, Chap. 3, 32–46, in Cox, C. L. (ed.) Enhancing the Practice Experience: A Collection of Papers – European Honour Society, Bournemouth: Nursing Praxis International