Learning Disability Week 14 Event – Call for Contributions

The ‘Kent and Medway Community of Practice hold the date’ post earlier this week had several people email us about presenting their developments in practice! So we’ve decided to get organised and ask for more!

If you click on the picture below, you can down load a form to share your piece of work.

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Your piece of work has to be linked to the purpose of the Community of Practice, to be:-

  1. be person centred;
  2. provide the best quality care and support; and
  3. improve equality and access.

The closing date for submissions is 15th May and you’ll be informed within two weeks as to whether you’ve been successful! Don’t forget! This conference is intended to be inclusive, so be creative with your submission!

Lastly you can now book your places by clicking here or on the Eventbrite logo on the right hand side of this page!

18th June 2014 – Save the date!

On 18th June, the Learning Disability Community of Practice will be holding a conference in Chatham entitled, “‘Addressing Health Inequalities in Learning Disability Week 2014”. The aims of the day are for participants to be able to:

  1. benefit from the sharing of collaborative initiatives to address health inequalities amongst local people with learning disabilities;
  2. utilise reflective groups in order to further develop their current initiatives;
  3. stimulate the Community of Practice and further exploit their membership by networking with other members in a creative approach to problem-solving; and
  4. contribute to the expansion and further activities of the Community of Practice.

We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to present anything they are currently doing that they feel addresses health inequalities amongst people with learning disabilities – whether they are generic healthcare staff, people with learning disabilities, carers or specialist healthcare staff. If you have an idea that you’d like to present, please contact the organisers (ideally copying to all):




Thanks. We’re very much looking forward to hearing from you! Further details of the day, including how to apply, will be posted here soon.

Kent Good Health Group says let’s us improve access to Healthchecks!

On 18th February the Learning Disability Community of Practice was invited to the Kent Learning Disability Partnership Board‘s Health subgroup – The Good Health Group.

We explained the purpose of the Community of Practice using the below presentation.

Kent Community of Practice Presentation

We worked with the group to identify:-

1) What we do really well at in Kent?

2) What we are worried about?

3) What ways could we work together to improve peoples health in Kent?

This is what people said.

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There was a lot of talk about the numbers of people going for Annual Health Checks and what this entails.

One person said they would write an easy to read piece on Health checks and what to expect. We’ll publish the results on here soon!

What do you think ought to be done to improve the health of people with learning disabilities? We’d like to know!

Care Quality Commission want to find out what people think about East Kent Hospitals

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury, the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, and the Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate, in March.

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To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding three listening events:-

  • Monday, 3 March 6:30pm – Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH
  • Wednesday, 5 March 6:30pm – The Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, CT9 1HX
  • Wednesday 5 March 6:30pm – Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, TN24 8UX

If you would like to know more, or to book your place at an event, please click here.