Learning Disability Week 2013 in Kent & Medway!

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. LDweek2013

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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Seeability Look Here Event!

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.seeability pic

For more details click on the above picture.

Please share widely!

Your views wanted on the Community Purpose Report

Following the Event in May at Canterbury Christchurch University, we are pleased to share two versions of the Launch report.

The detailed wordy version is available by clicking on Kent and Medway Learning Disabilities – CoP Draft Purpose
Detailed Launch report

The easy to read version is available at Kent and Medway Learning Disability CoP easy read
Launch report easy read

Below are two ways of giving feedback. Please tell us if you think we’ve understood what is important from what you’ve said.

If you ‘follow’ this page, you will get emails to say when new posts are up on this site.

If you have feedback about these reports, please let us have them by 23rd August 2013.

After that we have been invited to present the report to the Good Health Group in September.

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People with learning disabilities teaching nurses at Canterbury Christchurch University

Over the past 18 months Andy Nazarjuk, Cathy Bernal and Andrew Southgate have been testing out innovative ways to to support Adult and Mental Health nurses learning about work with people with learning disabilities.
One very successful project has been inviting people with learning disabilities to be part of the simulation teaching, where the nurses got the opportunity to test out their communication skills and using tools such as the hospital passport.
Andrew Southgate has recently had his reflection on this published in the International Practice Development Journal
While Andy Nazarjuk, Cathy Bernal and Andrew Southgate have had their report published today in Learning Disability Practice
The latter has photos of the activities including the experts by experience talking with the student nurses.

If you know any people with learning disabilities in Kent and Medway that may like to teach student healthcare professionals, please let us know.

Enjoy the articles!

Daniel Marsden and the CoP team