Aspire is a Kent based team who are campaigning to create a free school to transform the life opportunities for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. There mission is to give children and young people the support they need to learn, thrive and succeed in life as independent adults in modern Britain.
To support the Aspire project you can:-
b) Check their website by clicking here and
c) Sign the petition to the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan, by clicking here.
The Royal College of Nursing has recently published some easy read information on pain and pain control.
People with learning disabilities have been engaged in the development of the information through the Clear Communication People.
Click on the picture above to take you to the page where the easy read information is available.
This year’s Conference was based on how we can all implement reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in our work. The conference participants and the Community of Practice team found each of the presentations insightful, interesting and thought provoking. The audience participation and inclusion generated great debate and key questions for reflective thought. Main focus with regards to barriers to ensuring services and people are well adjusted to meet the needs of these individuals. There were lots of opportunities for networking which allowed all to address some key questions and barriers to ensure services and people are well adjusted to meet the needs of these individuals. Delegates shared personal insights and experiences, while remembering that people with learning disabilities are no less human than anyone else.
All the presentations and and resources from the day are available on the conference page. Please click here
Professor Chris Hatton from The University of Lancaster was guest speaker and he opened the event with the provocative question – “are you well adjusted? “
The event was a great success in showcasing some of the excellent work and initiatives happening across Kent for people with learning disabilities particularly around access to health care and therapies.
Feedback received from the attendees from the day was very positive. We would like to thank you all for your responses; which are invaluable to making next years Conference even more of a success.
Individuals who could not make the conference were able get involved via twitter using the #LDWeek15 and #ldcop15 hashtags. A full transcript of this conversation including photos are available by clicking here.
The day was held during Learning Disability Awareness Week “inclusion” and all participants wanted to mark this by having their support shared via the below photo being shared on Twitter.
For further details on the whole day click on the conference page by clicking here.
Community Learning Disability Nurse
During May and June, East Kent Hospitals asked for people to share good examples of care delievered at one of our Hospitals.
The award – originally presented in 2014 at the Community of Practice Conference – was created to remember Barbara who was referred to in Death by Indifference with her sister Jean Anthony. We are pleased to share that this year the judging panel -consisting of Jean, Helen O’Keefe – Associate Chief Nurse, and Paula Theobald – 2014 winner – were impressed with the quality and quantity of the nominations.
In the end the Kings D staff team won the award for an excellent example of using the tools and frameworks available on the EKHUFT website and going that extra mile to reflect on improvements for the future.
Practice Development Nurse
East Kent Hospitals and Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group have just begun a consultation on the future of Outpatients services in East Kent.
The consultation is eager to hear the opinions of people with learning disabilities, and as such an easy to read document and survey are available, and there are consultation events set up for people to find out more and have their opinion heard.
The easy to read consultation document is available by clicking on the below picture.
After an extended period of consultation reflection and some changes, we are pleased to share the final versions of the Purpose of this Community of Practice.
To download these please click on the picture below.
The first four actions identified as priorities by the group that met in May 2013 are:-
1) Help people with learning disabilities to know what to expect
2) Raise awareness with front line staff
3) Think about how we will know the Community is working well
4) Influencing people, organisations and governments.
So far we are pleased to have 91 people or organisations following this blog, many of whom are supporting and caring for people on a daily basis. We are also pleased to have been sharing opportunities for people with learning disabilities and frontline staff to get involved with.
We have been approached by care staff and family carers to help them identify how to know what to expect, and what is expected of them when they are admitted to hospital. We are going to be looking for people to help with a project like this. Do you know anyone that might want to help?
Please let us know by leaving a comment below or sending me an email to email@example.com.
Thanks to Lizzie Banks at Carousel in Sussex for bringing this important event to our attention!
The Oska Bright Film festival is curated by people with learning disabilities with the aim of encouraging artistic talents of people with learning disabilities across the world! This award winning international event -based in Brighton on 17-19 November- is an opportunity to meet new people, and get that all important new perspective that only a film maker and story teller can share!
Tickets are available now at http://www.oskabright.co.uk/
For a taster of what you might see watch the below film!
Thanks to Val Levens for sharing this exciting opportunity for a Learning Disability Nurse in Medway Community Healthcare.
To do this Kate is looking to interview care managers and home managers of people with learning disabilities where a Deprivation of Liberties has been applied.
If you are able to contribute please contact Kate directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org