Workforce Development for People with Intellectual Disabilities: 21st Feb, London

South West London #TCP – 1st Workforce planning workshop (facilitated by Health Education England)

Dear All,

In-line with principles set out in Building the Right Support and The Service Model Specifications, South West London TCP are conducting their first workforce planning workshop on the 21st February, 9.30 – 12.30 at 120 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RH.  We are looking to invite a range of private, voluntary, independent and NHS providers across SWL, although space is limited.

The four workshops will be facilitated by Health Education England (HEE), click here to download the briefing document.

If would be great if you or a colleague could attend. A diary invite with follow.

Lunch will be provided.

If you require further information please do contact myself or Josie Turner, Programme Manager, HEE

Many thanks


George Absi  M.Phil., MSc

Programme Manager, SWL Transforming Care Partnerships

South West London Health & Care Partnership (STP)
120 Broadway,
Wimbledon SW19 1RH

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Richard Handley, who had Down’s syndrome, died at Ipswich Hospital on 17 November 2012.

Some 10kg (1.5 stone) of faeces was removed from his body two days before.

The 33-year-old had been admitted from his supported living home after his family became concerned about his distended abdomen.

His mother, Sheila Handley, told the opening day of the inquest in Ipswich that “missed opportunities” to manage her son’s lifelong problem with constipation contributed to his death.

Find out more here.

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Having a smear test can be worrying. For women with intellectual disabilities there is the added fear of not understanding what is happening. This book is designed to support women like Carol who is invited to have a smear test. It begins with a nurse telling Carol and her friends how to stay healthy ‘down below’. It goes on to explain what happens to Carol from receiving the invitation for a smear test, making the preliminary visit to the GP practice, deciding whether she will have the smear or not, having the smear, and receiving the results. We then see her being recalled for a further test.

Feelings, information and consent are all addressed. Ideally this book should be used to prepare women before going to have a smear test. It will also be invaluable to GPs, practice nurses and health and other professionals to use during preparatory visits by women with intellectual disabilities, and when women come for a smear test.

Find out more here.