Innovative Models and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference 2017

The Tizard Centre will be holding a forum looking at Innovative Models and Practice in IDD on Saturday 2 September 2017 from 09:30- 16:15 hours.

This will include:

  • a whole range of talks and sessions for people to participate in
  • a short film from Square Pegs Kent “This is Me”. Square Pegs is a drama group set up to develop communication and social skills building self-esteem and confidence for those with a learning disability or social communication difficulties
  • and time to network with like minded people
  • Professor Rachel Forrester-Jones (Director) and Prof Julie Beadle-Brown will be giving their professorial inaugural talks

Full details, including downloadable programme and how to book, here:

Report on family perspectives on use of medication

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation was recently asked by NHS England to run a consultation providing a voice for family carers to share their lived experience when medication is suggested or prescribed for their relative, as well as to identify what information and support family carers currently have access to when medication is suggested or prescribed for their relative.

The result of that work is this report “Stopping the Over Medication of People with Learning Disability, Autism or Both: A Family Carer Perspective”

Download here >

June 12-18 is Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Recent data collected from over half of GP practices in England in 2014-15 and 2015-16, to identify potential differences in the treatment, health status, and outcomes of people with learning disabilities compared with the rest of the population, found that fewer than 1 in 3 eligible females with a learning disability received cervical cancer screening, showing no change from 2014-15. Over 3 in 4 eligible females without a learning disability received this test.

See this NHS Digital Report:

#KSSCOP17 – how shall we build our community?

ER Questions to help us involve you


During our KSSCOP conference on 15 June we will be having a conversation about how we build our community. We’d like to know your ideas about the work we do in the future.

We’ve listed all the questions we’d like to talk about in this document, which you can download here:   This is the consultation document for everybody.

Read the questions and have a think about your answers or suggestions.

If you are coming to the Conference on 15 June bring these with you to tell us on the day.

If you’re not coming but would like to tell us your ideas and suggestions please give those to us by email, post or phone using the information in this document – but please, if you can, do this by 9 June so we can feed it into the discussion at the Conference.