SEND Single Route of Redress National Trial – Guidance and Toolkit

The Government are trialling extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a special educational appeal. The trial will apply to local authority decisions made and EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018 and will run for two years.
A toolkit providing a number of resources has been created to support local authorities, health commissioners, parents and young people in preparation for and throughout the trial.

Find out more here.

Video and Survey: Letting NHS staff know you need support – Reasonable adjustments, flagging and summary care records

How health services share information about support for people when they need reasonable adjustments when visiting health services. This video talks about how using a flag or a note on your computer health record and extra information in your Summary Care Record can help. This will be piloted for people with a learning disability before being used for other people. Please fill in this survey about what information you would like your GP to share with other health services about your support needs (or reasonable adjustments) – if you have a learning disability, or if you care for someone with a learning disability Here is a consent form and information that you can fill in to give to your GP and here is one in Easy Read.…… This video has been produced by the Learning Disability team at NHS England.

Watch the video here.

Jobs at BILD

RRN & Accreditation Manager

Home-based with regular attendance at BILD offices in Birmingham. 

Approx £35,000 per annum (0.6 – 0.8 FTE/ pro rata plus car allowance)

This is a new role that we are offering as a permanent contract, or as a secondment (minimum of one year). The successful candidate will:

  • Lead and co-ordinate BILD’s work and commitment to restraint reduction including:
    • The growth, development and continuous improvement of the Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) Community of Practice to share learning across the sector
    • The ongoing development and continuous improvement of RRN training accreditation scheme (PITAS)
    • Working with RRN steering group and BILD RRN and Development teams to develop resources and programmes that facilitate the improvement of practice and positive impact of the RRN in safeguarding the fundamental human rights of vulnerable people.

LD Network Co-ordinator (London and SE)

Up to £30,000 FTE, three to five days, 12-month contract secondment opportunity

We are looking for someone who has a passion for improving the support people with learning disabilities receive and believes strongly in equality of access to health care.

We can offer a 12-month contract to the right person who can help us engage with the workforce that supports people with learning disabilities in health, social care and education services across the Greater London (and South East) area.

Find out more about these positions here.

HUFFPOST: Why Tackling Disability Hate Crime Is Down To All Of Us

Mark Brookes is a Campaigns Advisor at Dimensions and an advocate for people with learning disabilities and autism being treated equally.

He wrote a blog for Huffpost…

I never go out on my own after 8pm. If I’m travelling, I make sure people are in the train carriage with me.

Read Mark’s blog here.