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.

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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

Leaders for the Future Event 22nd January 2015

As Christmas approaches, it’s a good time to begin getting dates in the diary for the 2015.

Heike Guilford – Director of The Coaching Nurse is staging a conference in Canterbury for local leaders and aspiring leaders, with some local and national reputed speakers.

Click on the flyer below for more details Leaders


Have good Christmas and look out for some exciting opportunities withe the Community of Practice in 2015.

Learning Disability placements wanted!

Canterbury Christ Church University is looking for more learning disability placements for their mental health nursing students, and interested parties are invited to contact Cathy Bernal, Professional Lead for Learning Disability, for further discussions.

Services providing support to adults with a learning disability in day or residential settings that would like to help our students to learn about their clients’ needs are welcome to get in touch. There is no need for your service to employ nurses, or even to have a particular interest in mental health – just a desire to help equip nurses of the future to work more effectively with people with learning disabilities. Students are allocated to these placements in the first year of their programme for eight weeks,  and are customarily visited by a lecturer at least once during their placement.

Evidence suggests that our existing placements find supporting our students as rewarding and stimulating as students find this experience enjoyable, so please don’t hesitate to contact Cathy:

01227 782793.

Thank you!

Cathy Bernal

Professional Lead for Learning Disability

Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability

Canterbury Christ Church University

Opportunities with NHS England : Care and Treatment Reviews

After Winterbourne View NHS England said that they would review every person with a learning disability who currently lives in an NHS service.

NHS England are looking for two groups of people to help with this reviewing :-

1) Experts by Experience – People with learning disabilities, family carers and advocacy organisations and

2) Learning Disability Professionals and Clinicians such as Learning Disability Nurses, social workers, psychologists, Occupational Therapists amongst others.

This work will be paid, either directly to the person or as back fill to your current employer.

There are two documents that may help you make a decision about this. Click on the links below.

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If you are interested in becoming an Expert Reviewer then please contact Kate Linsky   07918 766929

If you are interested in becoming a Clinical Reviewer then please contact Alison Sargeant via email

For Further Information please contact Kevin Elliott via email or phone 01138253501