Just over two weeks to go – come and help us shape the future of learning disability care and support

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice 2018 conference is a free event taking place on Thursday 21 June.

One of our key speakers will be Viv Cooper, CEO of Challenging Behaviour Foundation, and we have got some great workshops lined up. The sessions will  cover a range of topics including learning disabilities and mental health,supporting patients with learning difficulties in acute hospital settings, PBS for parents and meeting specialist training needs.

We also have some free market stalls available for any organisation who would like to exhibit at this event. To reserve a stall contact l.howells@bild.org.uk

Book your place at the conference

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, www.diabetes.org.uk/learning-disability

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:  medrema@leeds.ac.uk.