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Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes

  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 15:45
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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Jane Carolan, Deputy CEO and Director of Operations , Autism Together (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Dr Tom Jackson, Clinical Lead & Head of Learning Disability Services - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Director of the Yorkshire & Humber Learning Disability & Autism Operational Delivery Network, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) (confirmed)
"The NHS Long Term Plan for People with Learning Disabilities & Autism"

The presentation will:

Briefly describe the history of health care policy in relation to people with learning disabilities & autism as context for Transforming Care Programme and Long-Term Plan.
Identify key drivers for change in the delivery of health service for people with learning disabilities & autism.
Outline the proposals and vision of the NHS Long Term Plan for people with Learning Disabilities & Autism.

  • Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer, Business Disability Forum (confirmed)
"Going Places: supporting people with learning disabilities and autism into work and in the workforce"

This session will look at what works in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism into the workforce in a fast-moving world. It will cover the current employment landscape, the changing nature of entry level jobs and practical steps that employers can take to remove barriers at all stages of the candidate and employee journey. Diane will also share good practice case studies from Business Disability Forum’s membership and other projects.

  • Tracey Garcia, Manager of Dimensions Quality Consultants Network, Dimensions (confirmed)
  • Jordan Smith, Quality Consultant, Dimensions (confirmed)
"Value of Contribution"

Colleagues with ‘Lived experience’ offer a unique valued specialised contribution to help shape the support they receive and that of others. Their own experiences offer feedback and a greater understanding of the improvements that can be made to the standard of care delivered by service providers.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Lucy Belcher, National Programme Manager Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme, Children's Society (confirmed)
"Recognising, reporting and responding to Child Criminal Exploitation"

Lucy works for The Children’s Society as a Project Worker on the Disrupting Exploitation programme. Lucy works with children and young people who are ‘at risk’ of criminal exploitation, aiming to intervene as early as possible to prevent exploitation. Lucy also works with partners to ensure that the ‘systems’ around young people are supporting them in the best way that they can.



Case Study

Selina Wain, Operations Manager, Consensus Support
Melanie Harmer, Behaviour Practitioner, Consensus Support

"From Long Stay Hospital To My Very Own Home"

How my vision for my life finally became a reality with the support of people who truly understood my complex needs” – Debbie, individual we support

Debbie who has learning disability and complex needs spent 23 years in a long stay hospital, quite simply because in her words “There was nowhere else for me to go…. and I just had to wait and wait and wait”
As a Support Team we discuss Debbie’s long journey towards a more fulfilling life, greater independence, improved behaviour and reduction in PRN and self harm. Through ensuring the right environment for her, a full transition and Positive Behaviour Support Plan, the recruitment of the right staff to understand her complex needs and triggers and taking an open honest approach to lessons learnt and challenges over the years, Debbie is now free to live her life in the way she had always wanted to. Seeing the positives and celebrating her achievements of finding work, new friends and interests, coupled with the emotional support she needs, Debbie tells her story in her own words - “I now experience new things every day, things I never knew even existed or which I could be a part of”.


  • Dr Sunny Kalsy-Lillico, Head of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Supporting People with a Learning Disability and Dementia"

People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia. There is a demand for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed to improve quality of life for the individual and their family/carers


Case Study

  • Laura Selby, Head of Operations, MacIntyre (confirmed)
  • Chris Larsen, Frontline Manager , MacIntyre Charity (confirmed)
"Starting a Journey Together"

An honest look at the journey of two people, the staff member starting his career in the sector and a person moving from a long stay hospital into his new home.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address

"A Family's Journey"

Having a child with learning disabilities has an impact not only on the child but on the entire family. This is likely to lead to a journey of challenges, from diagnosis and education to socialisation and health. I am the parent of an 18 yr old dyslexic, dyspraxic and proprioception disordered son. I will be talking about what it has been like as the parent of a child with learning disabilities; the frustration and joy, the obstacles and the triumphs.

  • Judith Knapton, Patient Experience Lead (MH & LD), NHS England (confirmed)
  • Suzie Fothergill, Chairperson, National Association of Quality Checkers (confirmed)
"NHS Quality Checkers"

A presentation to:

  • provide an overview of the NHS Quality Checkers programme
  • to provide feedback on the test sites
  • to hear from a Quality Checker and what it means to her
"Recovery in the Community – ‘why should I bother?"

Waymarks recognises that the people with learning disabilities who have gone on to offend have not had many/if any positive relational experiences with others, and also recognising that this is one of the best ways to learn and motivate people to live fulfilling and safe lives.


  • Rachel Turner, Shared Lives Ambassador, Shared Lives Plus (confirmed)
"Shared Lives "

Shared Lives is a scheme that finds suitable host families for adults who would otherwise face a very different future. The initiative gives adults with learning difficulties and/or autism the opportunity to live as part of the family and community of an adult care provider.



Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close, Afternoon Tea & Networking

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