Vacancy from BILD: LD Network Co-ordinator (London and SE)

LD Network Co-ordinator (London and SE)

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

BILD is 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.

The charity is offering a 12-month contract to the right person who can help 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.

Visit the BILD jobs page to find out more

Improving care for people with diabetes and a learning disability

People with a learning disability are more likely to have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes than the general population. We also know that:

  • People with a learning disability are more likely to be obese than the general population.
  • People with a learning disability have lower levels of physical activity
  • Higher rates of obesity and lower levels of physical activity increase the risk of diabetes.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers are required to make reasonable adjustments to address the additional needs of people with a learning disability. Even so, people with a learning disability often face barriers in accessing and using health services.

A collaborative team funded by The Health Foundation and the University of Leeds has created a set of evidence-informed, practical resources that can help overcome some of these barriers. The new resources help commissioners and health practitioners to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to the care they provide to people with diabetes breaking down barriers for people with a learning disability.

You can find the resources on Diabetes UK’s shared practice page,

Let the team know what you think of the resources on twitter using #RA2Diabetes

If you would like further information on the resources, please contact the team at:

Delivering Different News

The Institute of Health Visiting is looking for people to take part in a survey. They would like to talk to anyone who works as part of a team delivering different news to families during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Interviews will take place at a time and location to suit, and will last no more than an hour. The researchers are offering a shopping voucher to all contributors to say thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

To find out more, you can contact the research directly via Dr Esther Mugweni,

Skills for Care funding available

Skills for Care is offering funding and support to facilitate conversations between commissioners and social care providers across London and the South East.

The funding has been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care to support local Transforming Care partnerships with workforce development. It supports the request made by the NHS England Learning Disability Programme Board about stimulating the provider market to bring long-stay patients home.

The support offered by Skills for Care includes the organisation and facilitation of meetings and events, engagement with local providers and workforce planning. Depending on levels of interest, the funding may be available to support small or larger projects.

To find out more, please contact Margaret Sharpe,, by 15 February, 2018.


Article: Narrative competence in caring encounters with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

If part of being a person is our ‘story’, what about people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities who don’t have language? This article by Anita Gjermestad includes 2 profound examples of how healthcare professionals became better able to understand their patients; Kate Sanders remarked: it ‘exemplifies person-centredness’. Daniel Marsden commented ‘I was struck by the enthusiasm to engage staff in actively listening to this traditionally disenfranchised group of people. The practice in this regard has many implications across the world and in particular in the context of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.’

Read the article here.