Kent, Surrey & Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice Conference 2018

Bookings are now open for this year’s conference, taking place on Thursday 21 June. We are also looking for local people to share their work at the conference by either presenting or producing a poster. The closing date for applications is 11 May.

Find out more about and book your place here.

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.

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, margaret.sharpe@skillsforcare.org.uk, by 15 February, 2018.