Learning Disability Today London 2019


Exhibition and Learning Day

Date: 28 November 2019
Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, London

Join us at the 19th Learning Disability Today London – a one-day CPD certified event.

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

Early Bird Delegate rate is £35 + VAT. Please email info@pavpub.com if you would like to be invoiced.
Early Bird Full-time Student tickets are £10 + VAT. You will need to bring your student ID.
Registered Learning Disability Nurse rate is £25 + VAT. You will need to provide your register PIN at the checkout.




Come and join us on 28 November at Learning Disability Today London 2019.

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 topic streams. 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 graham.hoare@pavpub.com or call 01273 434938.


Please note that some sessions and times may be subject to change.

Children and Young People
Time Session Speaker Description
11:20 Kith and Kids
13:10 Supporting Young People into Housing Anne Lawn
14:20 Meeting Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Dr Sarah Bernard, National and Specialist CAMHS
Health and Well-being
Time Session Speaker Description
11:15 Supporting People to Have a Good Life as They Grow Older Ian Davies, self-advocate and expert by experience, and Christine Towers, Director at Together Matters Ian and Christine will be talking about the experiences of people with learning disabilities as they grow older and ideas for providing good support. The session will explore some of the life experiences that can make growing older more difficult for people with learning disabilities when compared with the general population. Ideas for talking to people about their experience and responding to difficulties and worries will also be discussed.

Christine has written the new training resources for Pavilion ‘Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to have a good life as they grow older’. Ian contributed many ideas from his own experience that feature as video clips in the training pack. These advocate for people to be supported to remain as active, involved and independent as they wish as they get older and ideas from the training resources will be shared. The session will encourage participants to contribute their ideas about good support and about changes they would like to make in the way they are supported or in their work practice.

12:40 Accepting the Impact of Trauma in Intellectual Disability Dr Pat Frankish, Amara Care The presentation will address the impact of early traumatic experiences on the life trajectory of people with intellectual disabilities. It will describe ways to identify that trauma has occurred, the impact on emotional development, and approaches that facilitate development and recovery.
14:00 Supporting People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities – the Responsibilities of Adult Social Care Providers Erren Wheatland and Katie Reid, Achieve together Erren and Katie will be facilitating a workshop focusing on the responsibilities of adult social care providers to provide effective support to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. This  workshop will provide an insight into how to develop staff’s knowledge in supporting, communicating and engaging with people with PMLD. Some of  workshop activities will be based on a new Pavilion self-study guide, developed by Erren and Katie, which aims to promote compassionate, effective and meaningful support.
15:15 People with Learning Disabilities Hear Voices Too.
Understanding and adapting best practice to support people with intellectual disabilities who hear voices that others cannot hear.
Dr John Cheetham and Dr Nina Melunsky Dr John Cheetham and Dr Nina Melunsky are clinical psychologists working in mental health in learning disability teams in South London. They have been developing services for people with learning disabilities who hear voices or see visions that others cannot see or hear. Sometimes these kinds of experiences might get called ‘a diagnosis of psychosis’. They will share some of their experiences of developing resources and how they have adapted therapies to make them of most use to this client group.
Policy and Practice
Time Session Speaker Description
10:00 Panel Debate
11:20 Liberty Protection Safeguards Yo Dunn
13:00 Embedding a Trauma-Informed Approach in services offering support to people with learning disabilities and or autism through developing ‘Trauma Champions’ Noelle Blackman, Chief Executive, Respond This presentation will describe why a trauma-informed approach should be considered by services supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism. It will then consider a specific approach to embedding this approach through the development of ‘Trauma Champions’. This is an approach originally trialled with a group of LD social workers and nurses in Hertfordshire, it has since been further developed and is being rolled out across 5 Transforming Care Partnerships.
14:15 100 Years of Learning Disability. Where to Now? Past, Present and Future of learning disability nursing with and for people who have learning disabilities and their families. Jim Blair, Clinical Advisor Learning Disability at Queens Nursing Institute and Associate Professor Learning Disabilities at Kingston and St George’s Universities, experts by experience, family representatives and Cecilia Anim, Past President of Royal College of Nursing and parent 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of learning disability nursing in this country. The focus of the session will be on learning from the past, understanding the present, and scanning the future directions of learning disability nursing with and for people who have learning disability and their families.


  • 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


ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court
47 Lillie Road


Ian Davies is a founder member of Northamptonshire People First and has continued to develop and contribute to their self-advocacy work over the last thirty years. He has travelled internationally, including Canada, Finland and Iceland, sharing ideas and learning with others at conferences and on projects. He is part of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, based at the Open University, whose work recognises that people with learning disabilities are experts on their own lives, and have lots of historical knowledge and viewpoints to contribute. Ian co-chaired this year’s SHLD conference on ‘Belonging and not belonging’ and this autumn has been a member of the research group that hosted a delegation from Japan and made a return visit to their country.

Christine Towers has worked for over 35 years with people with learning disabilities and their families in many different settings including local authorities, health and the not-for-profit sector. She has developed and managed a wide variety of services and, over this time, has always been interested in how people are supported as they grow older. Whilst working at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities she led on this area of work and developed a number of resources. A few years ago she set up Together Matters, an organisation that provides on-line resources as well as knowledge and advice to develop good support across a number of related areas. She is the author of the Thinking Ahead guides to support people in planning for their future. Further information can be found at www.togethermatters.org.uk

Dr Pat Frankish is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in the field of disability and psychotherapy. Her early life was spent living on the grounds of a long-stay hospital where her parents worked. Even as a child she knew that things could be better for the people she knew. After later working in the hospital and meeting a clinical psychologist she secured a University place and then went on to train as a Clinical Psychologist. During her training, she also followed a course of study in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her career has followed a path of bringing these two areas together and has written a number of publications on trauma-informed practice for staff and parents, including three new titles on display at the event for the first time.

Pat continues to develop and provide services and training for staff who support people with complex needs, the group who have trauma in their background and arrested or delayed emotional development as a response.

Dr Sarah Bernard has been a consultant psychiatrist with the Mental Health of Learning Disability Service for almost 25 years. This is a National/Specialist services offering consultation, assessment and intervention for young people with global developmental delay and behavioural or mental health problems. She is also the Trust named doctor for child safeguarding and the incoming Clinical Director of the South London Partnership.

Dr Bernard is involved in training, teaching, research and service development within and outside the Trust. She was also a ‘Champion for Child Learning Disability Services for London’ and continues to advocate for young people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. She has been involved with a range of service developments “post-Winterbourne”. Most recently she has been one of the leads in developing a service aimed at keeping young people with LD/ASD out of hospital.

Dr John Cheetham is a clinical psychologist in a Mental Health in Learning Disabilities Team in South London. He has worked in the team since 2014, since qualifying in his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Salomons, Canterbury Christ Church University. Before working in the learning disabilities team, John worked on psychiatric inpatient units, Community Mental Health Teams and as a support worker in both learning disability supported living homes and in psychiatric rehabilitation hostels. John has a particular interest in working with people with learning disabilities who are experiencing psychosis, and bringing community psychology and social justice approaches to psychological interventions.

Dr Nina Melunsky is a Clinical Psychologist working with adults with learning disabilities who have additional mental health difficulties. She currently works for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.   Nina has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in both NHS psychosis and learning disability services and has a special interest in developing pathways for people with learning disabilities who hear voices which emphasise the personal meaning of voice-hearing experiences and the role that trauma can play in their development.

Dr Noelle Blackman is the Chief Executive of Respond and a registered Dramatherapist.  Respond is a unique national charity which specialises in supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families who have experienced relational trauma. They provide a range of services which include psychotherapy, assessments, advocacy and training which are all underpinned by the theories of psychotherapy, trauma and attachment.

Noelle has presented papers nationally and internationally. Her published work includes the books – Loss and Learning Disability, Caring for People with Learning Disabilities who are Dying and chapters in several books on psychotherapy, drama therapy and self-injury in learning disability.

Katie Reid works as a Healthcare Facilitator at Achieve together. Her primary role is to advocate for people with learning disabilities, ensuring that they have equal access to health services, striving to reduce health inequalities. She works directly with individuals, working in collaboration with families, external health professionals and therapists to ensure people receive excellent health care support.

Her background has covered children’s services including working in support roles and as a Registered Manager, where she provided support for children and young adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and associated complex health needs. This is an area of her work in which she continues to be very passionate about!

Erren Wheatland is a dual registered nurse (adult and children), she has a BSc in Professional Practice, and a PG Cert in the Epilepsies. She has worked within an Acute NHS Trust, a Community NHS Trust and is now a Specialist Nurse Practitioner at Achieve together. Erren’s career predominately has been supporting children, young people and adults with PMLD, complex health needs and life-limiting conditions in managerial and educational roles. Erren’s career was inspired by her parents who as well as raising their own children, have always fostered children with learning disabilities and complex health needs. She is passionate and committed to providing excellence in health and social care.

Event Details

Date: November 28, 2019

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

Phone: +44 (0)1273 434 943

Email: info@pavpub.com