• Education & Training
  • Health & Social Care

Learning Disabilities: Fulfilling Potential and Supporting Better Lives

  • Tuesday, 13 March 2018
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:00
  • Overview

                                 “Fantastic Day”                                                           “Very Inspiring”
                                                                           “Thought Provoking”                                              “Very Powerful”

These are just some of the very positive comments made by delegates that attended Open Forum Events conference that focused on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities. This year’s conference; Learning Disabilities: Fulfilling Potential and Supporting Better Lives, will aim to continue the discussions and forward the progress being made in supporting people to take full advantage of life’s opportunities and enabled them to lead fulfilled lives.

Latest figures for 2015 estimate that in England there are 1,087,100 people with learning disabilities, including 930,400 adults, requiring lifelong care, support and protection, to a varying degree, according to the extent of their disabilities. To meet these diverse needs, in 2001 the government launched a new strategy, ‘Valuing People’ which set out ambitious and challenging plans to improve the support and services available to people with learning disabilities based on four key principles: civil rights, independence, choice and inclusion. During the intervening years the aim to transform services has continued with intended improvements in healthcare, employment, education, housing, social services and better support for families and carers.

The Transforming Care programme has sought to move people away from institutionalised accommodation to more community based living, boosted by a recent £10m investment by NHS England to support independent living closer to family and friends. Reducing the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities is also a key government initiative, as is the desire to close the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

The Learning Disabilities: Fulfilling Potential and Supporting Better Lives conference, will once again, introduce to you a comprehensive agenda of expert professionals, contributors and self-advocates, who will guide delegates through a programme of informative and insightful plenary sessions. Examples of best practice and initiatives will be showcased which delegates may feel appropriate to adopt as part of their own support provision. There will be ample opportunity to question, discuss and debate the progress made with improvement, as well as share stories and experiences with the conference to contribute to the wider thinking about supporting better lives.

There are many challenges facing people with learning disabilities and their families in ensuring they are afforded the same rights as the rest of the population to be valued, protected, offered choice, have equality and able to maximise potential and lead full enriched lives.

People with learning disabilities have poorer life expectancy that that of the general population. The Confidential Inquiry into deaths of people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD) shows that men die on average 13 years younger, women 20 years younger, than the general population. It is also true that people with learning disabilities are more likely to suffer from poorer health, as they are at greater risk of chronic disorders, injuries, epilepsy, sensory impairments and mobility problems. They are four times more likely than the general population to suffer from anxiety and depression. It is regarded that the increased prevalence of premature death and poorer health can be avoidable. Difficulty accessing appropriate healthcare services can account for the inequality in outcomes. Identifying needs and expressions of pain and discomfort, delays and problems in diagnosis and treatment, communication and in particular capacity to consent to examinations and interventions, such as screening, can compound the issues surrounding avoidable illness. NHS England is making strides to improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Increasing the uptake of routine health checks, ensuring that learning disabilities are part of regulatory inspections, overseeing local health and well-being strategies, and developing a new national facility to track mortality levels are all measure to improve future healthcare services.

Although there is still an inequality in life expectancy, as with the general population, people with learning disabilities are living longer. Again, just as in the wider society, chronic illness and dementia are issues that people with learning disabilities and their families are having to face. Those with learning disabilities, especially those with Down’s Syndrome, are more at risk of developing dementia and will face more difficult and challenging issues than those who do not have a learning disability. Equally, people with learning disabilities, who are nearing the end of their lives, are entitled to the same choice, care and support to develop palliative and end of life care plans.

Living independently, within the community, is the default position dependent on needs and choice. The Transforming Care programme is designed to offer people and their families/carer more say in the care they receive and where they receive it. It is providing more supported, personalised care in the community so that people can stay close to family and friends. The majority of institutionalised accommodation provisions are being closed down as they are no longer seen at the appropriate setting for the majority of people with learning disabilities.
In addition to the £20m already announced by NHS England as part of the Transforming Care programme a further investment of over £10 million will support fourteen local Transforming Care Partnerships – made up of NHS organisations, local authorities and NHS England commissioners, working closely with people who use services, their families and providers – to develop new, high-quality, community services for people in their area.
An additional £25m has been set aside for a housing and technology fund for people with learning disabilities. The Department of Health are inviting local authorities to apply for a share of the fund to provide housing and technology solutions for people with learning disabilities to improve and adapt existing accommodation to deliver a host of benefits to enhance independent living.

Join us at the Learning Disabilities: Fulfilling Potential and Supporting Better Lives conference where individuals living with or affected by a learning disability and professionals dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with learning disabilities can discuss and debate the challenges to make further improvements and support better lives.

 

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Hear how people with learning disabilities can be supported to maximise their life chances and fulfill their true potential
  • Learn how the transformation of services and the support provided is allowing for greater opportunities to self-advocate and make choices
  • Gain insight into how the rights of people with learning disabilities can be defended and upheld
  • Understand how the issues of healthcare inequalities can be addressed and the same level of protection is assured as experienced by the rest of the population
  • Gain knowledge of the steps needed to be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treat children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges), also involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism
  • Listen to the measures being taken to support independent living and how housing and accommodation initiatives are crucial to successful outcomes
  • Examine the current situation for people nearing the end of their lives and discuss how things can be improved
  • Listen to examples of initiatives and activities that can boost the quality of life for people with learning disability
  • With life expectancy improving and more people living into their later years, learn how dementia is impacting
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair’s Opening Address

Christine-Koulla Burke, Inequalities & Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Lead (confirmed)

Patricia Charlesworth, Expert by Experience, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilties (confirmed)

09:30

Keynote Address

Dominic Slowie, National Clinical Director - Learning Disabilities, NHS England (invited)

"Maximising Life Chances through Appropriate and Caring Support"

People with learning disabilities should be enabled to fulfill their full potential and be offered the opportunities to do so by providing relevant and comprehensive support. Offering choice, protection and equality in healthcare are essential to ensure they are afforded the same rights as the rest of the population

09:50

Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children (invited)

"These Are Our Children"

The Department of Health commissioned a review to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism.
The report; ‘These are our children’ makes 11 recommendations for government departments and partners at a national level on how to improve the system.

10:10
Chris Woodhead, Group Director of Housing and Business Development, Dimensions (confirmed)
"Providing the Housing People Want "

People have the right to express their choices in regard to living independently. To do so successfully, appropriate housing and accommodation arrangements must be made available.

10:30

Main Sponsor

10:50

Question and Answer Session

11:15

Coffee in the Networking Area

12:00

Case Study

12:20

Bill Noble, Medical Director, Marie Curie (invited)

"Managing Palliative and End of Life Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities"

Although life expectancy for people with learning disabilities has and continues to improve, the risks of premature and avoidable deaths resulting from unidentified health needs remain prevalent. Recognising the end of life phase can be challenging, leading to a delayed opportunity for individuals and their families to plan and make choices for the palliative and end of life care they wish to receive.

12:40

Samantha Brennan, North West Regional Director, Community Integrated Care (invited)

"Support from and within the Community"

Community Integrated Care and St Helens Rugby League Club
Social care charity, Community Integrated Care, and Saints have formed an exciting new partnership, offering adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in health and wellbeing activities, as well as special match day experiences.

13:00

Question and Answer Session

13:15

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:15

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:20

Case Study

14:40

Dr. Rhidian Hughes, Chief Executive, VODG (invited)

"Dementia, Equity and Rights"

People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia a partnership of voluntary sector organisations have launched a new report calling for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed.

15:00
Victoria Wells, Development Manager – Inclusion Programmes (Disability), Youth Sport Trust (confirmed)
"Sport for All"

The Together We Will campaign aims to highlight the benefits of becoming more active while providing advice on how to get involved.
It looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey which showed that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people.

15:20

Shaun Webster, International Project Worker, CHANGE (invited)

"Speaking up for our Rights"
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Venue

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Construction of The Bridgewater Hall commenced on 22 March 1993, but the idea of a new concert hall for Manchester dates back to the reconstruction of the Free Trade Hall in the 1950s after wartime bomb damage. The Free Trade Hall was home to the city’s famous Hallé orchestra and also hosted rock and pop concerts. However, despite holding great public affection, the 1850s Free Trade Hall was ill-equipped to respond to the rising standards of service and acoustic excellence demanded by performers and audiences.

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  • Who will attend?

  • Carer
  • Clinical Commissioning Group member
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Councillor
  • Direct Payment Team member
  • Director / Manager of Care Homes
  • Director of Adult Mental Health Services
  • Director of Adult Safeguarding
  • Director of Adult Social Services
  • Director of Community / Domiciliary Care
  • Director of Disability Services
  • Director of Older People's Services
  • Director of Public Health
  • Director of Supported / Sheltered Housing
  • Doctor
  • DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) Co-Ordinator
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards member
  • Health Visitor
  • Learning Disability / Disability Liaison Nurse
  • Neighbourhood and Community Policing Team member
  • Nurse
  • Outreach worker
  • Personalisation and Self-Directed Support Team member
  • Probation Officer
  • Safeguarding Adults Board member
  • Senior Police Personnel
  • Support Worker