During 2015 the Kent and Medway Learning Disability Community of Practice in partnership with East Kent Hospitals Clinical Education and three experts by experience have been running half day workshops for mainstream healthcare professionals.
The aims of the programme has been to explore definitions of learning disabilities, the evidence base and legal frameworks, with a view to encouraging participants to explore what ‘reasonable adjustments’ might mean in their work context. More details of these can be found here.
The outcome of this project is a conference to report back on the outcomes, and for individuals and teams to share how they make adjustments for people with learning disabilities. We are pleased to share the National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities at NHS England Dominic Slowie will be opening the event.
The target audience for this event is non-learning disability professionals.
Please see the flyer below.
Please see the attached flyer for one of the only aspiring consultant courses run by East Kent Hospitals and the Quality Improvement Hub open to all in the wider health economy. For more details click on the flyer below.
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.
For further details on the whole day click on the conference page by clicking here.
Community Learning Disability Nurse
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.
The first workshop on 27th March is already full, however 4 more workshops and a final conference are planned.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details.
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.
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