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
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.
Learning Disability Week is upon us and this year’s theme is Superheroes
Below there is a space for you to tell people who your Superheroes are. Who are the Kent & Medway Learning Disability Superheroes?
Please be careful what you write, how you write it, and always be complimentary!
To get the ball rolling I’ve written a short piece about some people who contribute to East Kent Hospitals Trust – click on the picture below.
There will be a new post each day so keep checking these out. It’s important to celebrate those that are making a difference!
Lastly Mencap are encouraging people to share their thoughts on Twitter using the hastag #ldweek2013
There are a number of twitter chats this week to coincide. For those that want to contribute this way follow @ldnursechat @thercn @hsjnews not forgetting @mencap_charity @eastkentmencap @kent_dpgs & @kentcbn
Have a Super week!
Daniel Marsden @dmarsden49
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The influential Health Service Journal has recently published a research report on East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trusts partnership project with East Kent College and Kent Supported Employment into the potential benefits for patients of having people with learning disabilities in the QEQM hospital workforce.
Please click on the link above to read more!
Thanks to Stephen Kill at Seeability for sharing this flyer for an event for people with learning disabilities and sight impairments. It is *free* and is designed to enable people look after their eyes.
For more details click on the above picture.
Please share widely!