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RCN tribute to prominent learning disability nurse

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The Royal College of Nursing has paid tribute to Alan Parrish, a pioneer in the field of learning disability nursing, who died this month.

Mr Parrish was the RCN’s adviser for learning disability nursing from 1983 until his retirement in 1999, and was instrumental in achieving recognition for prison nursing and for vulnerable people who came into contact with justice services.

Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “Alan changed the face of learning disability nursing and was known the length and breadth of the UK for his pioneering work.

“Above all, he was a champion for the rights of people with learning disabilities to receive excellent care and take their rightful place in society,” he said.

Ann Norman, RCN learning disability and criminal justice nursing adviser, added: “I will always remember Alan as a genuine, kind and compassionate man who really epitomised the very best of nursing.”

Mr Parrish’s funeral will take place at 10.30am on Friday 27 September at the Surrey and Sussex crematorium in Crawley, West Sussex.

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