The aim of Learning Disability Today Study Day is to enable health and social care professionals to develop their knowledge and skills to help them improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Experts and academics in learning disability will be delivering masterclasses and practice development sessions to help you improve outcomes for your organisation, for you as a practitioner and for those with learning disabilities. There will also be the opportunity to network and share with like minded peers.
Learning disability commissioners
Directors of learning disability services
Frontline learning disability professionals
Managers of residential and community-based services
Researchers and academics
Regional care home directors and managers
Learning disability consultants
Safeguarding adults leads and managers
Learning disability nurses
Safeguarding managers, leaders and decision makers
Local authority team members
Designated safeguarding adults managers
Safeguarding adults board members and chairs
Care home workers
Steve Hardy is Practice Development Nurse in the Adult Learning Disability Service of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Can You Understand It? Team. He is also Associate Editor of Advances in Autism journal and a member of LDNurse.com. He is well published around the mental health need of people with learning disabilities and mental capacity. He has a passion in developing and sharing resources and work in co-production with people with learning disabilities to give them a platform to be heard.
Professor Pauline Heslop
Professor Pauline Heslop is based at the University of Bristol’s Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies. Pauline led the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities (CIPOLD) from 2010-2013 which identified potentially modifiable factors associated with premature deaths in people with learning disabilities. She is now the Programme Lead for the national Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme.
Sarah is Practice Development Lead at the Avenues Group and has worked in social care for the past 19 years and had lots of opportunities to observe many different practices when it comes to supporting people with complex needs. She has always worked with people whose challenging behaviour affects their quality of life and embraces a positive behaviour support approach as a way of improving outcomes for people.
Karina is a learning disability nurse who has led and managed specialist mental health services for adults with a learning disability. Karina has a particular interest in the mental health needs of people with a learning disability and in developing education and training for clinicians and care and support staff to reduce health inequalities.
Dr Susy Ridout
Susy completed her doctorate in autism in 2016 at the University of Birmingham on the subject of exploring mixed media as a means of locating the autistic voice to the fore in research, services and debate. She has built expertise as a mentor and academic skills support worker with autistic and disabled people in Higher Education and employment settings over 8 years.
Sally-Ann Remnant is a Consultant nurse in epilepsy based at the Meath Epilepsy charity in Surrey and previous to this at Guys & St Thomas hospital in London. Her experience and background is in general epilepsy and learning disability care.
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