Gary Docherty - Consultant Nurse

Gary Docherty

Gary has worked with people who have a learning disability for over 25 years in various settings including, secure, NHS, voluntary and independent.

Gary has been a qualified learning disability nurse for over 17 years. He has extensive experience of transition services, ie moving people from large institutions / hospitals to community services, complex behaviour units, forensic services and prisons.

While working in a number of Scottish prisons, Gary developed and implemented a large number of systems and services which have been used across the UK and internationally. His ‘Blueprint’ system for identifying and supporting learning disabled people in a prison environment is now used in over 50 prisons in 10 different countries.

Gary is passionate about evidence based research and has had a number of research articles published. He continues to write and has other research projects pending publication. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour.

Gary is on a number of steering groups for services and networks. He has helped develop, namely the Positive Tracks service and SOLD (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities) network in Scotland. He has also presented to a wide range of organisations and to the cross party Learning Disability Group at the Scottish Parliament.

Specialism Areas

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Complex Needs and Behaviours
  • Forensic
  • Criminal Justice System


Spreading the Word: Learning Disability Practice: Vol.16; Issue 7; Pages 11-11

The Challenges of Running a Learning Disability Service in a Scottish Prison: Learning Disability Practice; March 2010, Vol 13, Issue 2, P23-P27.



Ellen Mhor


Ranaich House

Thistle Care Home

Trinity House

Wallace Hospital

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