Peter Zaagman

Principal Lecturer - Clinical Health Care

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 in Clinical Health 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 Socrates 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. He represents the University in the Federation of International Nurse Educators (FINE UK) and the Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN).

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:

U41336 Approaches to Challenging Behaviour in Health & Social Care

U41399 Dissertation(double Honours Component)

U43725 Health and Social Care Elective

U43775  Health and Social Care Elective

U43752 Legal & Ethical Issues in Mental Health (adv)

U43772 Legal & Ethical Issues in Mental Health (Hons)(Honours Component)

U43775 Health and Social Care Elective(Honours Component

Teaching/Research interests

Epilepsy & Learning Disabilities
Teaching on diversity and inclusion issues
Transcultural care and European collaboration

Selected Publications

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.

Other papers

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

Peter Zaagman


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