The Chief Nursing Officer for England is developing a strategy that will set out a strategic direction for nurses: Learning Disability Nurses SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Dear colleague, at the CNO Summit last month, Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, committed to developing a strategy that will set out a strategic direction for nurses, midwives and nursing associates across health and social care for the next 3-5 years. We’re keen to ensure the strategy is developed with, and by, the professionals to reflect their experiences and aspirations. It is important that we define the future role of nursing and midwifery in leading and delivering high-quality care across health and social care.

This needs to be a strategy developed and owned by all nurses, midwives and nursing associates and it will be informed by the strategic drivers in England including government policy and the NHS Long Term Plan as well as international evidence.

We have launched an engagement exercise to capture views on relevant priority areas and key enablers. This will be based around a small number of high-level priority themes to frame the discussion which have been developed in partnership with my senior nursing team. The themes are:

  • Workforce and people
  • System leadership and integration
  • Health equity, prevention and population health management
  • Person centred practice and improving outcomes

Your views are important and we would encourage you to get involved by responding to this survey. More information, as well as the link to the survey is available here:

We would also really welcome you sharing this across your own local networks so that they are aware of this work and have an opportunity to share their thoughts with us too.

Best Wishes

David Harling | National Deputy Director for Learning Disability Nursing

National Nursing Directorate of the Chief Nursing Officer for England  

NHS England & NHS Improvement  

Twitter: @DavidHarling1  

Books Beyond Words prize presentation

As a part of the launch of the Kent Surrey Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice in June, we offered an incentive for participants to complete the electronic evaluation forms.

This period has now closed and we are beginning to sort through your feedback, more details of this process can be found by clicking here. If you’d like to be involved in this process please email us at

Through a process of random selection of all those that submitted evaluations we are pleased to advise that Lindsey Griffiths from Sussex Partnership Trust has won a six month free subscription to Books Beyond Words application.

For more information on the application, click on the picture below.

BBW pic

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 


Community of Practice presents Doctors Workshops on People with Learning Disabilities

The Community of Practice are pleased to share this flyer for workshops for Doctors and other healthcare professionals enabling reasonable adjustments to be made for people with learning disabilities in healthcare settings.

This is a collaborative venture with East Kent Hospitals Trust and other partners including Kent Community Healthcare Trust, East Kent Mencap and Canterbury Christchurch University.

Drs LD Workshops flyer

The first workshop on 27th March is already full, however 4 more workshops and a final conference are planned.

Please email to get more details.

Healthcare Passport Research Survey

A team of East Kent Hospitals Co-Researchers has begun work on looking at how My Healthcare Passport is used in Hospital.

The team consisting of Hospital clinicians and staff, people with learning disabilities, a nursing home manager and a parent carer would like you help with answering this short questionnaire.

My Healthcare Passport 1st Draft Symbol

To go to the short 6 question survey click on the Passport picture above.

There will be more opportunities to get involved in this research project later this year, if you’d like to be involved, you can leave your details at the end of the questionnaire.

If you’d like to download a copy for yourself click here