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Learning Disabilities and Autism: Equality and Empowerment

  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Overview

Join us at our 7th Annual Learning Disabilities and Autism: Equality and Empowerment conference which will help you to develop a greater understanding of how care is going to be delivered in England over the next five years through keynotes, panels, knowledge sharing and dissemination of best practice - discussing contentious issues and challenging topics, as well as assessing the way forward.

Our fully CPD Accredited programme of expert speakers will feature an overview of the latest policy and guidance from organisations such as Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS England and NHS Improvement and United Response plus many more… Further discussions around the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan's targets on how to improve the standard and selection of services available to people living with learning disabilities, autism or both.

You will have the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the very latest policies, projects and emerging models of care, as well as sharing your own stories and experiences with the conference and contributing to wider thinking about Learning Disabilities and Autism.

Open Forum Events are delighted to be gaining a reputation for “truly inspirational” health and social care conferences. Our delegates are telling us that they leave our events with “new ideas and approaches” they can “actually apply” within their own organisations. We are proud to be recognised as a leading organiser of national conferences informed by the experiences of people living with or affected by learning disabilities and autism.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Opening Address

Faizan has lived with Mosaic Edwards' syndrome since birth. All babies born with Edwards' syndrome will have some level of learning disability and sadly, the majority of babies born with Edwards' syndrome will not live past their first birthday. Faizan, now 18, has struggled with a speech impediment so severe that it prevented him from being able to say his own name until 2019.

 

With support, Faizan has learnt to speak with confidence about overcoming a disability and will Chair sessions of the conference.

Read more about Faizan's story in the Manchester Evening News here.

09:30

Keynote Address

  • Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission (CQC) (confirmed)
"Transformation of How we Regulate Services for People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People"

Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many times over the past few years that people with a learning disability and autistic people are not getting access to the right care.  Despite significant national attention on this issues, over 2,000 people remain in hospital which is not in line with best practice.  In this session, we’ll talk about how the CQC have put in place a new role to focus on implementing changes to our regulation specifically for people with a learning disability and those that care for autistic people.

 

Join us to understand CQC’s key work areas in ensuring the right services are regulated and registered, that we are responding to risks swiftly and taking appropriate action and understanding pathways and healthcare.

 

Debbie will be taking questions following the keynote.

10:00
  • Joanne Silkstone, Learning and Development Manager, United Response (confirmed)
"Tackling Discrimination, Prejudice and Hate Crime"

United Response’s ‘Am I Your Problem?’ campaign challenges the indifference, discrimination and sometimes outright hostility shown towards people with learning disabilities or autism. The charity polled 150+ people it supported about their experiences within different social settings; the widespread prejudices and, in some instances, malice they face is often not acknowledged, recognised or reported as a hate crime. Joanne will be co-presenting alongside a person born with learning disabilities who will share their personal experience(s) of discrimination.

10:20

Case Study

  • Sarah Kilby, Behaviour Analyst and Clinical Development Manager, MacIntyre (confirmed)

This talk will be an opportunity for MacIntyre to share their work on how using a planned transition and evidence based PBS framework approach, leads to real life changes and a life that makes sense to the most complex people they support.

10:40

Question and Answer Session

  • Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission (CQC) (confirmed)
  • Joanne Silkstone, Learning and Development Manager, United Response (confirmed)
  • Sarah Kilby, Behaviour Analyst and Clinical Development Manager, MacIntyre (confirmed)
11:00

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:30

NHS Sensory Project

  • Dr Roger Banks, National Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Autism, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)
  • Kate Naish, Specialist Advisor on Primary Care, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)

NHS England published it’s Long Term Plan in January 2019, and made a commitment in that document to improve access to sight, dental and hearing services for children attending special schools.

 

This NHS' Sensory Project is a three-strand initiative focused on delivering improved services for children and young people with disabilities and autism in residential special schools. This presentation will explore the Sensory Project in further detail.

 

This presentation will be delivered virtually.

12:00

Case Study

Everybody communicates through behaviour; Jonathan will be exploring why it is important to empathise with and meet the needs of the people you support. Jonathan will facilitate a discussion exploring the reasons behind behaviour. It is important for us all to understand that all behaviour is communication, but to also be able to interpret what is being communicated. The talk is an opportunity to reflect on current practices and learn from one another in terms of useful hints and tips.

12:20

Question and Answer Session

  • Dr Roger Banks, National Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Autism, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)
  • Kate Naish, Specialist Advisor on Primary Care, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)
  • Jonathan Newport, Managing Director, Team Teach (confirmed)
12:45

Lunch in the Networking Area

We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:

  • One-way queuing systems with safe distancing in operation.
  • Individually portioned dishes and pre-sealed cutlery will be served at collection points.  

Where possible, we will request food is sourced locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens.

13:45

Chair’s Afternoon Address

13:50
  • Sarah Egley, Assistant Director Improvement, Innovation and Assurance, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (confirmed)
  • Tracey Brailsford, Improvement, Innovation and Effectiveness Lead, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"How do we Measure ‘True’ Implementation of the NHS Learning Disabilities Improvement Standards from a Patient and Staff Perspective?"

The NHS has developed new standards with which NHS Trusts can measure the quality of care they provide to people with learning disabilities, autism or both. The four standards concern:

  1. Respecting and Protecting Rights: All Trusts must ensure they meet their Equality Act Duties to people with learning disabilities, autism or both, and that the wider human rights of these people are respected and protected, as required by the Human Rights Act.
  2. Inclusion and Engagement: Every trust must ensure all people with learning disabilities, autism or both and their families and carers are empowered to be partners in the care they receive.
  3. Workforce: All trusts must have the skills and capacity to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, autism or both by providing safe and sustainable staffing, with effective leadership at all levels.
  4. Specialist Learning Disability Services: Trusts that provide specialist learning disabilities services commissioned solely for the use of people with learning disabilities, autism or both must fulfil the objectives of national policy and strategy. 

Sarah Egley and Tracey Brailsford will present on their experience(s) of implementing the Learning Disabilities and Autism NHS Standards into an NHS Trust; providing delegates with a pathway for doing so themselves in a manner that ensures meaningful collaboration with carers and people who have a learning disability or autism.

14:10
"Mind of My Own - Express"

Jill Thorburn co-founded Mind Of My Own after spending in excess of 25 years in social work senior management in local authorities, private and voluntary providers. Always passionate about children being able to fully participate in their lives Jill’s work was featured in a number of Government papers on innovation and partnership development in children’s services including Every Child Matters.

 

During this presentation Jill will talk about why she is driven to make sure that all children can have their voices heard. She is now one of the founders of Mind Of My Own, a tech for good company that makes world leading digital participation tools for children and young people. These apps are designed and conscientiously co-produced with young people for young people. We believe that every child is able to have a say and we build apps to make sure they all have a chance to have their voices heard to safeguard themselves and promote their wellbeing.

14:30

Case Study

Eden Futures is a leading specialist supported living provider for adults with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism. Its business has grown substantially and now employs 1,200 people in the Midlands and the North of England. The team provides care and support to 650 service users ensuring they’re able to live independently in the community while occupying shared houses, sole apartments and specialist bungalows. Its vision is to support as many people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs as possible to increase their independence and live fulfilling lives.

14:50

Question and Answer Session

  • Sarah Egley, Assistant Director Improvement, Innovation and Assurance, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (confirmed)
  • Tracey Brailsford, Improvement, Innovation and Effectiveness Lead, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
  • Jill Thorburn, Director, Mind Of My Own (confirmed)
  • Stefan Loydall, Expert Partner, Eden Futures (confirmed)
15:05

Afternoon Refreshment Break

15:20
  • Stephanie Walker, Project Choice Area Manager - Stockton, Health Education England (confirmed)

This talk with be an opportunity for Project Choice to share the exciting work they do with SEND young people. Project Choice is a Specialist Post-16 College providing work experience as well as a supported internship programme that helps young adults between the ages of 16-24 with disabilities, learning disabilities, difficulties and/or Autism gain work experience and improve employability and independence skills. The College is NHS-based within Health Education England.

 

We provide internships within healthcare settings and other NHS partner organisations, creating supported environments and helping to get Interns ready for the working world.

15:40

Case Study

  • Aaran Edmonson, Quality Checker, Dimensions (confirmed)
  • Richard Mears, Regional Managing Director (North of England), Dimensions (confirmed)

In 1976, armed with a single phone in a rented office, Dimensions began supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs out of institutions, helping them lead ordinary lives in their local communities.

 

Forty years on, our work is fundamentally unchanged: we support people with learning disabilities and autism to have a louder voice, choice and control in their lives. Our 7000 colleagues deliver ambitious, effective, personalised support often with those whose previous support has not been successful. Working alongside our colleagues are family members and many of the people we support. They could be quality checkers, interviewers or members of our Council. Their voices and experiences inform the research we use to deliver improved outcomes. Together, we continue to prove that life really can get better.

16:00

Closing Keynote

  • Brian Evans, Matron for Learning Disabilities, Autism and Complex Needs , University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Trust (confirmed)
"Accessing Healthcare, is it the Same for Everyone? Breaking Down Barriers and making Reasonable Adjustments to Ensure Everyone has Equal Access to Good Quality Healthcare"

Brian Evans, Matron for Learning Disabilities, Autism and Complex Needs at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust will present a case study that reflects on the care planning and facilitation of reasonable adjustments to ensure a patient with learning disabilities, complex needs and an acute fear of hospitals and medical intervention received fair access to good quality healthcare and treatment.

16:20

Question & Answer Session

  • Aaran Edmonson, Quality Checker, Dimensions (confirmed)
  • Richard Mears, Regional Managing Director (North of England), Dimensions (confirmed)
  • Stephanie Walker, Project Choice Area Manager - Stockton, Health Education England (confirmed)
  • Brian Evans, Matron for Learning Disabilities, Autism and Complex Needs , University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay Trust (confirmed)
16:35

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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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