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Rebecca Fish


Ethnography, Neurodiversity, Gender, Mental health, Learning disabilities, Forensic services

I research people's experiences of health and social care services. I have published research on self-harm, violence and abuse, and behavioural management strategies such as physical restraint, seclusion, and constant observation. I have also written about NHS leadership, domestic abuse, accessibility, families, and social care. I have presented my work at conferences in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, including keynotes about self-harm and gender, and about women's experiences of seclusion in mental health units. My PhD study was an ethnography of forensic wards for women with learning disabilities and/or autism. Some of my work was featured in NICE Guidance evidence reviews, and mentioned in a recent Hansard Debate (Vol 815, 2021). I have taught modules on Gender, Sex and Bodies, Vimore...


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  1. Fish, Rebecca orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1933-1769 (2018) A feminist ethnography of secure wards for women with learning disabilities: Locked away. Routledge. ISBN 9780367338947
  2. Fish, Rebecca Mart orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1933-1769, Gawne, Suzanne Jane and Machin, Laura Louise (2022) Balancing medical education with service in the workplace. Journal of Workplace Learning, 34 (2). pp. 176-187. ISSN 1366-5626
  3. Fish, Rebecca orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1933-1769 and Culshaw, Eloise (2005) The last resort? Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 9 (2). pp. 93-107. ISSN 1744-6295
  4. Fish, Rebecca orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1933-1769 and Morgan, Hannah (2021) “Them two are around when I need their help” The importance of good relationships in supporting people with learning disabilities to be “in a good space”. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49 (3). pp. 293-302. ISSN 1354-4187
  5. Fish, Rebecca orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1933-1769 (2021) Gendered experiences of locked wards. In: Critical perspectives on the lived experience of distress and mental health services, 15 November, University College, Cork.