Have Your Say about East Kent Hospitals

Thanks to Bruce Campion-Smith – Head of Equality and Engagement for sharing this invite to an event run by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

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This is an important opportunity to influence how people with learning disabilities are supported and cared for in Hospital.

Please click on the link for the flyer and book a place!

If you have similar events or issues to share with the Community of Practice and those that follow this page, please comment below or get in touch, we’d be eager to hear from you.

Voice 4 Kent Sharing Day – 14th October

Voice 4 Kent is an independent self advocacy organisation run by people with learning difficulties in Kent. They campaign supporting people to know their rights.

Voice 4 Kent lost an important member of their team this year. They decided to invite people to join them to share what they are doing, and to see what Voice 4 Kent should do in the future. 

The sharing event is on the afternoon of 14th October in Ashford. Please click on the flyer for more details.

Kent & Medway Community of Practice are eager to support organisations such as Voice 4 Kent. Please let us know if we can share your organisations events.

Health Awareness Day

Health Day Gen Information Email

Heatlh day flyer September v 2

Workshop Posterv2 16 09 13The Maidstone District Partnership Group in conjunction with Kent Community Health NHS Trust are running a Health Awareness Day next Friday, dated the 27th September 2013 from 11am-3pm. We have asked health professionals from our local services to come along to engage with young people and adult service users, families, services and carers and to provide an interactive learning events and to demonstrate what health services they offer to people with a learning disability and how to access them. Please see the attached information sheet, flyers and workshop outline above for full details.

Teaching student Adult nurses re Learning Disability

For a couple of years, Andy Nazarjuk, Andrew Southgate and Cathy Bernal have been developing an approach to addressing health inequalities amongst people with learning disabilities by bringing students of Adult nursing and groups of service users together in Canterbury Christ Church University. This work has resulted in a proposed model for service user involvement, and was presented at the NET 2013 conference in Cambridge in September.

You can read the presentation here. NET final ppt Nazarjuk Bernal Southgate

Planning for learning disability care in the South East

Kent Surrey and Sussex Local Education and Training Board have started an important piece of work to look at what staff people with learning disabilities will need in the future.

George Matuska is leading this exciting project which had it’s first meeting in August 2013.

The reports from the first meeting are available on the Workforce Development for People with Learning Disabilities page, and a hashtag has been set up for people that would like to comment on Twitter #idhekss

Please follow the page, make comments, and have a think about what type of people your services might need in the future to ensure that people with learning disabilities are supported effectively.