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.

Delegate rate is £40 + VAT. Please email info@pavpub.com if you would like to be invoiced.
Full-time Student tickets are £15 + 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.


Children and Young People
Time Session Speaker Description
11:20 Models of Training and Support for (Older) People with Learning Disabilities and Their Families Marjolein de Vries and Tilly Brooke, Kith and Kids Marjolein and Tilly will cover the following topics:
Best practice in Staff/Volunteer Training – this will be an interactive workshop with free access to Kith & Kids training materials;
KLASP (Kith & Kids Life-time Advocacy Support Project) – a new model of active support for older families with adult sons or daughters who have profound learning disabilities, autism, and/or physical disabilities;
Going Forward Together – brief glance ahead to the conference in September 2020, examining Residential Care, Day Services and Advocacy for families and professionals concerned about services for people with Severe Learning Disabilities.
13:10 Supporting Young People into Housing Anne Lawn, Head of Operations (South), Sense This session will demonstrate how – through co-production – young people, their families, and the local authority can, with personalised plans, help young people move into supported living services for their first homes.
14:20 Meeting Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Dr Sarah Bernard, National and Specialist CAMHS An overview of the mental health needs of children and young people with intellectual disabilities. Service provision will be reviewed with an emphasis on good/least restrictive practice and avoidance of hospital admissions.
15:30 How to Develop Young Adults’ Social Communication Skills Using Methods of Creative and Innovative Practice Claire Jepson, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Rachel Northedge, Therapy Assistant, Hesley Group, alongside one of their students, an Expert by Experience. The Hesley Group’s ‘Hey Brother Media’ company will be showcasing their multimedia project work. Hey Brother Media consists of a small group of college students, a speech and language therapist and a therapy assistant who work together to broadcast the news from across the Hesley organisation. Hey Brother Media will be presenting some of their filming footage and discussing their exciting work.
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: Human rights – and responsibilities – in learning disability care The persistent use of segregation, seclusion and restraint in the ‘care’ of people with learning disabilities and autism has been laid bare again this year. The UK Human Rights Act was established 21 years ago to end inhuman treatment and to support the right to liberty and freedom. For too many people, this legislation alone has not been enough. The Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act represent the core legal frameworks impacting the lives of people from the above groups. Both are set to change imminently – reflecting an often unspoken recognition that they fall short of the standards expected in both domestic and European Law. As Britain’s future relationship with Europe changes, this year’s panel debate defines how both practice and policy can be improved at a service level, supporting individuals’ universal rights.
11:20 Liberty Protection Safeguards Yo Dunn, Author, Trainer and Consultant, Consult Yo Ltd. A new system will be implemented in Autumn 2020 to safeguard the rights of adults receiving care and support which may involve significant restrictions on their freedom. The new system will be known as the ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ (LPS) and will replace the current ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’.

This presentation will explain the LPS process and how it is different from the systems we have now, providing answers to some key questions: Who will be responsible for authorising care arrangements? What situations and circumstances will the LPS apply to? How long can an authorisation last? What happens if the person moves or their care plan changes? What help will people get if they want to object or challenge an authorisation? Who will be looking out for the rights of adults subject to LPS? Are there any other changes to the Mental Capacity Act? What don’t we know yet? And When will we know more?

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, Cecilia Anim, Past President of Royal College of Nursing and Expert by Parental Experience, Sue Blackwell, Founder of Dance Syndrome, Expert by Parental Experience, Simon Cramp, Expert by Living Experience, Danny French, Expert by Living Experience, Michael Fullerton, Learning Disability Nurse, Clinical Director, Achieve Together, Ismail Kaji, Expert by Living Experience, Mencap, Lloyd Page, Expert by Living Experience, Mencap, Ciara Lawrence, Expert by Living Experience, Mencap, Anna White, Expert by Sibling Experience 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.
15:30 Human Rights of People with Learning Disabilities Steve Hardy, Practice Development Nurse, Adult Learning Disability Service, and Rachel Branagan, Occupational Therapist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Steve and Rachel will be presenting their thoughts and experiences (both good and can be better) of the Human Rights Act. They will also discuss a campaign led by Peter which looked at improving the health of people with learning disabilities and what happened when they went to meet NHS England. Finally, they will talk about how team at Oxleas improve the health of people with leaning disabilities by using Black Books (personal health profile).

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


  • 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


Claire Jepson is a senior speech and language therapist who works with adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs across the Hesley Group’s college and community residential settings. Claire has worked closely with therapy assistant, Rachel Northedge to support the college students to develop their social communication skills using methods of creative and innovative practice. Claire and Rachel, are excited to share their students’ current project work and discuss the impact this has had on their communicative abilities.

Ray James CBE 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.

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 several 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 several 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 several 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 the 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 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.

Yo Dunn PhD is a trainer and consultant who works across the public sector with specialisms in autism and law. She is experienced in working closely with professionals in local authorities, care providers and in schools. She creates and delivers high-level training on the legal framework of adult social care, safeguarding and autism for many English local authorities and other clients. Yo provides training on all aspects of the Care Act, as well as specialist autism courses for social care and education professionals. She has a thorough and up to date working knowledge of public law and professional practice issues in both adult and children’s services and a multi-faceted perspective on a range of issues affecting autistics both with and without intellectual disabilities. Recently legal and policy consultant to the National Autism Project, she is now strategic lead for the newly formed National Autistic Taskforce and led the development of the NAT Independent Guide to Quality Care for Autistic People.

Yo is autistic, a parent of autistic children and was formerly company secretary of Autscape. She is a self-confessed legal geek.

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

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