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Exhibition and Learning Day

Price: From £37.00 excl. VAT
Date: 28 November 2018
Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, London

Join us at the 18th Learning Disability Today London - a one-day CPD certified event.

Delegate rate is £37+VAT. Please email if you would like to be invoiced.

Student tickets are £12+VAT. You will need to bring your student ID.

We offer limited complimentary tickets for people with learning disabilities and their unpaid carers. Please email if you feel you are eligible.

Information on how to cancel your booking can be found here.

Come and join us on 28 November at Learning Disability Today London 2018.

The learning day and exhibition will be packed full of exhibitors, like-minded visitors and a full seminar programme.


This convivial and inspiring event will consist of 3 main topic streams:

    Conference Room 1: Autism and Learning Disability

      Conference Room 2: Health and Well-being

        Conference Room 3: Policy and Practice


          Speakers and workshops will be tailored to the content in each of the rooms. Check back here for updates on seminars and speaker confirmation.

          To discuss exhibiting, sponsorship or other promotional opportunities: Please contact Graham Hoare by email or call 01273 434938.

          • Learning Disability Nurses
          • Project workers
          • Social care staff
          • Commissioners 
          • Managers of residential and community-based services
          • People with learning disabilities
          • Carers
          • Relatives and natural supports
          • Directors of Services
          • Trainers
          • Special Educational Needs school teachers
          • Employers
          • Those undertaking training 
          • Researchers
          • Academics 
          • Psychologists
          • Occupational Therapists
          • Speech and Language Therapists 
          • Physiotherapists 
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            Julie Beadle-Brown

            Julie is a Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent and at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and primarily teaches on the postgraduate programmes in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her research interests range from deinstitutionalisation and development of community based services, service design and quality to personalisation, active support and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities, and children and adults with autism. She also spends a substantial amount of time working in services, training staff and evaluating service quality, with a particular focus on active support.
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            Karen Watchman

            Dr Karen Watchman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling and has worked with people who have a learning disability and their families for many years in both practice and academic settings, including as Chief Executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland. From her recent research, Karen has produced a range of accessible information for people with a learning disability and carers including 'Jenny’s Diary', a free resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability and 'Supporting Derek': a practice development guide to support staff working with people who have a learning difficulty and dementia, updated in 2018 with new training resources.
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            Julie Tucker

            Julie Tucker is the Project Manager for the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network cancer project. The project is funded by Macmillan and works closely with partners including the Northern Cancer Alliance, Bowel Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Public Health England and local people with learning disabilities, families and carers. The project aims to improve cancer services and experiences for people with a learning disability along the whole cancer pathway.
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            Marta Coates

            Marta has been a qualified Learning Disabilities Nurse for 15 years, qualifying at Surrey University. She started her career in Edinburgh, in a forensic setting (NHS). Marta then worked for the Edinburgh Council followed by managing a private Nursing agency. Since returning to the NHS in 2011, Marta managed Special schools in West London and five years ago she joined Southern Health Foundation Trust. Initially, she fulfilled two part time posts, a Hospital Liaison Nurse role and the Health Facilitation role supporting people with learning disabilities in primary and secondary care settings. In August 2014 she became a Strategic Health Facilitator. The work has involved increasing the uptake of annual health checks in GP surgeries and working with screening services, podiatry and specialist dentists to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities.
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            Amy George

            Amy has been a qualified Learning Disabilities Nurse for 10 years, qualifying at Southampton University. Amy has always worked in the NHS, firstly in an assessment and treatment unit for people whose behaviour challenged, then moving on to set up a hospital liaison service in an acute hospital. During this time Amy completed a service evaluation of the hospital liaison service and was able to publish this work with support from The University of Hertfordshire. Amy has now been a Strategic Health Facilitator for 4 years as part of a team of four covering Hampshire and Southampton. Amy has helped her local CCGs increase the uptake of their annual health checks and become within the Top 5 performing in England in 2016/17.
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            Madeline Cooper-Ueki

            Madeline has 20 years experience in the public sector in direct support, management and organisational development roles. She is passionate about driving change to improve the lives of people with a learning disabilities and those around them. Madeline is particularly skilled in facilitating change and development for individuals, teams and organisations, using a range of skills developed in practice and through Occupational Psychology underpinned by an ethos of inclusion and co-production. Madeline held various roles in organisational and business development, as well as management and direct support provision in Certitude Support, a not-for support provider supporting those with learning disabilities and mental health needs. She graduated with an MSc in Occupational Psychology in 2006.
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            Tim Cooper

            Before joining United Response in 2015, Tim Cooper was a Chief Executive of Advance, a charity supporting young people and adults with a wide range of challenges, including learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs to live the life they choose at home, at work and in the community. Tim was also a Director at the Office for Disability Issues and, prior to that, managing director of the Work and Independence Division of the Shaw Trust. Tim has a wealth of experience including particular expertise in supported employment and housing management.
          • Colin Hemmings

            Dr Colin Hemmings, BSc MBBS MSc MA MD(Res) MRCPsych, is the editor of Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities working in Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust. Colin trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and before moving to KMPT in 2015 he worked for over 20 years in London. His academic interests include psychosis in people with LD, the delivery of mental health of LD services and the relationships between challenging behaviours and mental illnesses in people with LD. He has contributed many journal articles and book chapters and also previously coedited a textbook in the field of MHID.
          • Max Pickard

            Dr Max Pickard is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Mental Health of Learning Disability service. He trained at University College London medical school, and had specialist psychiatric training the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has over 10 years' experience working in this field as a Consultant in Community Mental Health teams for people with learning disabilities. His specialist clinical interests and expertise are in psychodynamic aspects of mental health in learning disabilities, including joint working with neurology services. Max is Medical Humanities lead for Kent and Medway Partnership Trust and has also set up a well-received local medical humanities network and an annual conference.
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            Jim Blair

            Jim is a Consultant Nurse Intellectual Disabilities at GOSH, London, as well as an Associate Professor Intellectual Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’, University of London. He is also a Clinical Advisor for Learning Disabilities NHS Healthy London Partnership and Learning Disabilities NHS England, and the Health Advisor at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
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            Viki Ainsworth

            Viki is a Journalist, and her daughter Tilly, 21, has severe learning disabilities. Their journey has been complex and includes assessments, developing a successful home ABA therapy programme and training a team from scratch. Tilly is now transitioning to adult services, still non verbal, doubly incontinent and with a cognitive ability of a one-year-old, but with a heart of gold.
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            Michael Fullerton

            Michael Fullerton, Director of Quality & Clinical Care for Care Management Group, CMG). Michael is a registered Learning Disability Nurse and supports a significant number of adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Michael is keen to ensure there are tools in place to provide excellent support for each person.
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            Jo Anderson

            Dr Joanna Anderson has worked with people with LD for 12 years. Jo is a Clinical Psychologist working in the Mental Health of Learning Disability service in KMPT. As a part of this role she has been involved in running a psychotherapy group for people with LD, providing individual therapy, and running multi-disciplinary clinics for complex clients in collaboration with other professionals from different mental health teams. She also teaches on the clinical psychology Doctorate at Canterbury Christ Church University, Salomons Centre.
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            Emma Rye

            Emma Rye is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS with adults with learning disabilities for over twenty years. She is Clinical Lead for psychology services across Kent and Medway. Emma has a particular interest in psychodynamic and systemic approaches. She uses these models to inform training offered to staff, as well as clinical work with adults with learning disabilities, their families and paid carers. Emma also teaches on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Canterbury Christ Church University on a range of topics including the delivery of services in the NHS, ethics, philosophy and power.
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            David O'Driscoll

            David O'Driscoll works in the NHS as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with people with a learning disability. He is chair of the Institute of Disability and Psychotherapy (IPD), Conveyor of learning disability section of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. David is currently writing a book on the history and psychoanalytic treatment of people with a learning disability.
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            Thomas Doukas

            Dr Thomas Doukas is a Head of Inclusive Research & Involvement at Choice Support. Thomas is keen to ensure excellent standards are established and maintained, and there is good collaboration with people supported, families and differing agencies.
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            Joanna Grace

            Joanna Grace is a Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Trainer, Author, Founder of The Sensory Projects and a TEDx speaker. Consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted Joanna has taught in mainstream and special school settings, connecting with pupils of all ages and abilities. Joanna has supported adult care teams and families caring for loved ones at home, and has been a registered foster carer for children with profound disabilities.
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            Steve Mee

            Dr Steve Mee started working in the field of intellectual disability (then called mental subnormality!) in 1979. He worked in long stay institutions until 1990, in community services until 2000 and in higher education until 2017. The roles have included hands-on supporter, manager and associate professor. His research interests have included asking the question, what do we mean by Valuing, as well as listening to the voices of people with intellectual disability and autism. His current role is working with the narratives of patients and families in a hospice.
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            Annie Fergusson

            Annie Fergusson, an Editor and Trustee of PMLD LINK. Until recently Annie was a Senior Lecturer (SEN & Inclusion) at University of Northampton. Her teaching and research centred around improving the lives of people with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities through person-centred working, meaningful participation and acknowledging the voice of individuals in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Annie is an Associate Family Consultant for Dimensions and is a family representative for the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) Advisory Group. Annie has a brother with a learning disability.
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            Anne Lawn

            Anne has over 25 years’ experience of working and supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. She has worked in Statutory, 3rd sector and private services working both within both care and support provider services and housing. She currently works for Sense as Head of Operations South covering both adults and children’s services. Anne worked with some of the last people living in Leavesden to support their resettlement back into their communities. She led on de-registration of Registered Care home to Supported Living service using the REACH standards as the guiding principles. Anne is a member of Sense Safeguarding Board and Chair of governors for a SEN school – rated as Outstanding.
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            Ray James CBE

            Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a career in local government to his role leading NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability and their families/carers. He has served as Executive Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care at Enfield Council for over a decade and is a Past President of the ADASS. Ray was awarded a CBE for services to Adult Social Care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. Ray has always championed the insight and expertise of people with lived experience and their families. He has consistently sought greater recognition for the front line care and support workforce.
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            Natalie MacPherson

            Natalie is a Development Director at MacIntyre. She will be introducing Kirsty to provide a case study about her experience of living with autism. Kirsty will be sharing her experience of being misunderstood, excluded and sectioned. Kirsty will also be sharing the things that have helped her to get to a better place and have had a positive impact on her life.

          ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court
          47 Lillie Road
          SW6 1UD

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