Learning Disability Workshop Conference

During 2015 the Kent and Medway Learning Disability Community of Practice in partnership with East Kent Hospitals Clinical Education and three experts by experience have been running half day workshops for mainstream healthcare professionals.

The aims of the programme has been to explore definitions of learning disabilities, the evidence base and legal frameworks, with a view to encouraging participants to explore what ‘reasonable adjustments’ might mean in their work context. More details of these can be found here.

The outcome of this project is a conference to report back on the outcomes, and for individuals and teams to share how they make adjustments for people with learning disabilities. We are pleased to share the National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities at NHS England Dominic Slowie will be opening the event.

The target audience for this event is non-learning disability professionals.

Please see the flyer below.

Workshop Conf flyer 2016



Learning Disability Community of Practice Survey

As part of the 2015 Community of Practice Conference in June, we asked for volunteers to take a lead in the running of the Community and planning for the future.

On Friday 9th October this group met, to review the Community’s purpose and to develop a shared vision of the way forward.  Review CCIAbove is the group activity we undertook, which has been themed. We now would like to get your feedback on this and some of the possible ways we might all move forward together.

The themes have helped develop a short survey, which we are inviting you to complete and share. The survey can be found by clicking on the picture below.

survey pic

Your support with this would be very much appreciated.


Opportunity – Band 6, Physiotherapist – Adult Learning Disabilities

Canterbury and Swale, Community Learning Disabilities team are looking for an enthusiastic physiotherapist.

Working alongside a highly specialist Band 7 physiotherapist as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team. The post will be based at Brook House, Whitstable and will cover the Canterbury and Swale Locality.

The successful candidate will be a part of the integrated multidisciplinary team including nurses, care managers, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, carry and manage their own caseload, supervise physiotherapy assistants and will be required to attend team meetings on a fortnightly basis.

The role requires the person to demonstrate sound clinical skills, have an understanding of posture management, specialist seating, wheelchairs and orthotics and have developed good communication/liaison skills. To be able to manage time and caseloads effectively.

The team provide strong support from both the multidisciplinary and physiotherapy teams.



Teaching Help Wanted!

Canterbury Christ Church University is keen to develop its existing bank of co-teachers with learning disabilities, particularly for the Simulated Hospital Admissions that it delivers to students of Adult Nursing. Teachers are required, in small groups, to meet a group of nursing students and act as their “patients” to be admitted to a ward; hospital passports are also completed. Volunteers can be remunerated either as individuals, as groups, or be offered hospitality (i.e lunch!) in return.

If any individual or group is interested, please contact either Cathy Bernal (cathy.bernal@canterbury.ac.uk) or Andy Nazarjuk (andy.nazarjuk@Canterbury.ac.uk) for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Four Learning Disability Mortality Review employment opportunities.

There are four postions within the NHS England funded HQIP & University of Bristol’s Learning Disability Mortality Review currently advertised. The links to these positions in this significant programme are:-

Research Assistant ACAD101614
Coordinator for Priority Themed Reviews SUPP101759
Area Coordinator SUPP101760
Training & Quality Coordinator SUPP101761

Deadline for applications is 9th September.

NIHR Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities research opportunities

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) are looking to recruit a full-time Research Fellow and Associate to work on an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project focussed on the organisation and delivery of hospital care and services to children and young people with and without learning disability.

This posts are available for a 36-month period for 5 days a week from 01.12.15. You will be based within the Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health Illness and Disability (ORCHID), a dedicated multidisciplinary research unit in GOSH. The focus of our research is on the impact of health, illness and disability for children and young people and their families, with a particular emphasis on the translational benefits and implementation in clinical practice.

The postholder will work on an NIHR Health Services and Delivery Grant. This is a national mixed methods study aimed at identifying the barriers and facilitators to ensuring equal access to high quality hospital care and services for children and young people with learning disability and their families.

You will also be involved with other stages of the research project, including undertaking a literature review, updating the project website, data analysis, facilitating stakeholder workshops and writing up the findings for dissemination.

For more details of the positions, check the links below:-

For further information on this exciting opportunity, please contact Dr Kate Oulton on kate.oulton@gosh.nhs.uk or 0207 829 7822

Let’s Talk about Health Research event 9th September

An open invitation from Amanda Bates, Public Engagement Officer ‘‘Are you interested in health and health services? Would you like to know more about research in health and social care?

Then why not come to our ‘Let’s talk about Health Research!’ event, hosted by the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS).

chssletstalk flyer

Just pop into the Westgate Hall, Canterbury on Wednesday 9th September anytime between 11.30am and 2.00pm to meet health researchers, enjoy talks, activities and films, and to find out if you would like to be involved in the research that we do at CHSS. It will be an informal opportunity to talk with others who are interested in health research and to learn about what’s happening on your doorstep’’.

To register your interest, or if you have any questions, e-mail engage-chss@kent.ac.uk or phone 01227 823940. For those that like to Tweet, please follow @chss_kent and search for hashtag #chssletstalk