Learning Disability Today London 2022


Date: 3rd March 2022
Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court,  Fulham, London

How to change it up?
Now in its 20th year, the Learning Disability Today Exhibition and Learning Day will feature CPD-accredited seminars and an exhibition.

The seminar programme will cover a range of key issues that affect the lives of people with learning disabilities. Speakers will include diverse and well-respected figures within the learning disability sector. The exhibitors will comprise a wide range of organisations.




The Learning Disability Today Conference and Exhibition will celebrate it’s 20th year anniversary in 2022.

The day will be filled with three seminar streams and an exhibition.

The Conference will open with a keynote address reviewing inpatients in a mental health inpatient care setting. We will discuss if patients have a clear care and treatment plan and discharge date? After the keynote session, attendees can pick and choose between the three concurrent seminar streams:

Policy and practice Stream
Health and well-being stream
Autism and learning disability stream



Keynote address and opening session

10:00-11:00 How Can we change the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism? What gaps need addressing now, and in the future?


Tom Cahill, National Director of Learning Disability and Autism to be confirmed

Edel Harris, Chief Executive of Mencap

Scott Watkin, Head of Engagement, Seeability

Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research Partnerships of National Autistic Society


Policy and practice stream

A look at the latest legislative and policy changes affecting people with learning disabilities and the staff and services who support them.

11.20-12.20 Mental health support for people with an intellectual disability 
Eddie Chaplin, Professor of Mental Health in Neurodevelopmental Disorders at London South Bank University

12.30-13.30 Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme and Health Inequality
Andrew Maskell, Head of Barnet Integrated Learning Disability Service, London Borough of Barnet

13.45-15.15: The big debate: are we failing our children? A look at the widespread local government SEND failures and current social care provision

Health and well-being stream

This stream will provide insights on how the health inequalities facing those with learning disabilities can be tackled in the post-pandemic NHS and improve access to care. It will also look at developing solutions to common health challenges facing people with learning disabilities.

11.20-12.20 Health screening and intellectual disability
Sarah Walker, senior community learning disability nurse working for Kent Community Health Foundation Trust  and Lisa Harrington, specialist community matron currently working for Kent Community Health Foundation Trust

12.30-13.30 Cognitive behaviour therapy and learning disability
Angela Hassiotis, Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability UCL

13.45-15.15 The Big Debate: How can we improve access to healthcare in a post-pandemic
Jim Blair, Learning Disability Nurse

Autism and learning disability stream

This stream will look at employment issues, housing, the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation in care services and the criminal justice system

11.20-12.20: Neurodiversity and the workplace
Damian E. M. Milton, Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Tizard Centre, University of Kent

12.30-13.30: Challenging Behaviour: issues and approaches
Julie Newcombe, Co-founder, Rightful Lives to be confirmed

13.45-15.15: The Big Debate: National Autism Strategy panel – does it provide all the solutions?
Julie Newcombe to be confirmed
Danny French, self advocate
Maddy Rose, Learning Disabilities Employment Caseworker, Mencap



If you would like info about exhibiting and sponsorship please email graham.hoare@pavpub.com


Event Details

There are a limited number of free tickets for people with learning disabilities and their carers. Please email info@pavpub.com to request free tickets.

Date: 3 March, 2022

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:15

Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1UD

Directions: PUBLIC TRANSPORT: LONDON UNDERGROUND Sitting at the edge of zone 1, West Brompton and Earls Court stations are both within walking distance giving easy access to all central district of London and Heathrow Airport. If driving, the ILEC is a quarter of a mile (400m) from the A4, providing easy access to the M4, M5 and M40. Parking There is a car park in the basement of the hotel with 140 parking bays. Guests and delegates can benefit from preferential resident rates as follows: Up to 2 hours £5 (£5 for non residents) Up to 4 hours £8 (£8 for non residents) Up to 6 hours £11 (£11 for non residents) Up to 9 hours £12 (£17 for non residents) Up to 12 hours £14 (£19 for non residents) Up to 24 hours £17 (£24 for non residents) For more info visit www.ilecconferencecentre.co.uk/location-sights/

Phone: +44 (0)1273 434 943

Email: info@pavpub.com

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