Reasonable Adjustments Conference Report & Presentations – 17th June 2015

This year’s Conference was based on how we can all implement reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in our work. The conference participants and the Community of Practice team found each of the presentations insightful, interesting and thought provoking. The audience participation and inclusion generated great debate and key questions for reflective thought.  Main focus with regards to barriers to ensuring services and people are well adjusted to meet the needs of these individuals.  There were lots of opportunities for networking which allowed all to address some key questions and barriers to ensure services and people are well adjusted to meet the needs of these individuals.   Delegates shared personal insights and experiences, while remembering that people with learning disabilities are no less human than anyone else.

All the presentations and and resources from the day are available on the conference page. Please click here

Professor Chris Hatton from The University of Lancaster was guest speaker and he opened the event with the provocative question – “are you well adjusted? “

The event was a great success in showcasing some of the excellent work and initiatives happening across Kent for people with learning disabilities particularly around access to health care and therapies.

Feedback received from the attendees from the day was very positive.   We would like to thank you all for your responses; which are invaluable to making next years Conference even more of a success.

Individuals who could not make the conference were able get involved via twitter using the #LDWeek15 and #ldcop15 hashtags. A full transcript of this conversation including photos are available by clicking here.

The day was held during Learning Disability Awareness Week “inclusion” and all participants wanted to mark this by having their support shared via the below photo being shared on Twitter.

#ldweek15 picture

For further details on the whole day click on the conference page by clicking here.

Tracey Rose

Community Learning Disability Nurse

Twitter @traceypockett 

 

Influencing Urgent and Emergency Health Care across Kent

Have you or someone you know used Ambulance, A&E or other emergency services?

Do you think there are ways to improve these services for people with learning disabilities?

Then the English Centre for Practice Development and East Kent Hospitals would like to invite you two one of three events in September.

10th September  Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury 4- 5pm

11th September  William Harvey Hospital, Ashford 4 – 5pm

12th September QEQM Hospital Margate 4 – 5pm

This is an opportunity to be part of the transformation of the workforce across Kent for the future in relation to the provision of a seamless integrated urgent and emergency care service.

Please reserve your place by contacting Lisa Sheene via either email:  lisasheene@nhs.net or telephone 01843 225544 Ext 62257.

If there is further information you would like about the project please feel you can contact Dr Kim Manley via email: kim.manley@nhs.net or 01227 766877

 

 

Kent and Medway Learning Disability Community of Practice Purpose

After an extended period of consultation reflection and some changes, we are pleased to share the final versions of the Purpose of this Community of Practice.

To download these please click on the picture below.

CoP Easy Read purposeCoP Purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first four actions identified as priorities by the group that met in May 2013 are:-

1) Help people with learning disabilities to know what to expect
2) Raise awareness with front line staff
3) Think about how we will know the Community is working well
4) Influencing people, organisations and governments.

So far we are pleased to have 91 people or organisations following this blog, many of whom are supporting and caring for people on a daily basis. We are also pleased to have been sharing opportunities for people with learning disabilities and frontline staff to get involved with.

We have been approached by care staff and family carers to help them identify how to know what to expect, and what is expected of them when they are admitted to hospital. We are going to be looking for people to help with a project like this. Do you know anyone that might want to help?

Please let us know by leaving a comment below or sending me an email to daniel.marsden@nhs.net.

 

 

Medway Community Learning Disability Nurse Band 7 Opportuntity

Thanks to Val Levens for sharing this exciting opportunity for a Learning Disability Nurse in Medway Community Healthcare.

Medway’s adult learning disability team is looking for a band 7 nurse.
Are you looking for a post that encourages innovation?
Where the organisation REALLY wants YOUR ideas for delivering an ever better and more flexible service?
Where you can start and drive the change?
If so, you could be the one for us.
You would lead our nurse team, work collaboratively with health colleagues and our co located SS team, to raise our profile within the organisation and the county.
Follow the link below for our ad on NHS jobs, or call the adult learning disability team lead,Val Levens.
val.levens@nhs.net   01634 337516   07983965750