“Guest Reflective Additional Blog”
The Guest Reflective Additional Blog was established to offer all members an opportunity to have their say about their role, their organisation, society etc. aligned to the purpose of KSS LDCoP.
Guidelines for blog writing
- The written piece should be no more than 1000 words long.
- The Guest Reflective Blog will be submitted on the appropriate form (Click here to download)
- and will be reviewed by two named KSS LDCoP Steering Group members.
November 2023 – Oliver McGowan Training, A Midwife & Mothers perspective.
My name is Hayley Coffey I am a Midwife and Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University, I am currently studying a Masters in Psychology, I have a special interest in neurodiversity, particularly Autism and ADHD. I undertook the Oliver McGowan training and was inspired to write a reflection on my thoughts. I think the training is vital for all healthcare staff, being a parent of children with additional needs I also have some insight into the complexities of accessing care and communicating with healthcare professionals, but also I understand the challenges of the work environment so felt I had a unique perspective to share.
April 2018 – Going for GOLD in Thanet
Suzanne Derham, Sue Bates and Jane Brooke work for East Kent Mencap, a local charity which provides opportunity for adults and children with a learning disability in East Kent. Since January 2016 they have been delivering a Lottery funded project, GOLD (Getting on with Learning Disabilities) which provides free support and information for people with learning difficulties in Thanet who are socially isolated. The project particularly targets people who are not eligible for statutory or commissioned support, and is loosely based on the social prescribing model.
Click here to read the full blog
May 2017 – My Healthcare Passport Participatory Action Research project overview
East Kent Hospitals acknowledged the significant health inequalities that adults with learning disabilities experience in hospital; a Healthcare Passport was identified as a person centred and patient owned tool that contained pertinent personalised information enabling health care professionals to make adjustments for someone less able to communicate their needs and wishes. Led by East Kent Hospitals, a multi stakeholder group co-created a tool over a twelve month period and was awarded charitable funds to have the tool professionally designed and launched.
16th Jan 2017 – Life Stories in East Kent
More than 20 people with learning disabilities and their supporters came to learn about recording their life stories at Canterbury Christ Church Uni’s Broadstairs Campus on a wonderfully sunny day in March. The workshop was led by Jan Walmsley and Sue Ledger, members of the Open University’s Social History of Learning Disabilities Research Group
04th of Jan 2017 – Domestic violence and women with learning disabilities
In this research project we wanted to hear directly from women with learning disabilities themselves about the domestic violence they had experienced. (We also explored the views, attitudes and responses of the Police and health and social care professionals and these will be reported elsewhere).
21st of Apr 2016 – Get Staff in the Door!
There is the risk of 40% of qualified staff retiring within the next 10 years. The predicted rise of the general population by 4% including the number of people with Intellectual Disabilities
How can you succeed in delivering high quality care and face these challenges head on? Would you like to know more? Take a read at Heike Guilford’s blog and suggestions.