Learning Disability Today Study Day


Date: 19 September 2019

Venue: The Beeches Conference Centre, Bournville, Birmingham

Early Bird Delegate Rate is £79 + VAT
Delegate Rate is £99 + VAT

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Learning Disability Today Study Day (or LDT Study Day) is a CPD-certified study day addressing topical issues relevant to the current practice of Learning Disability professionals.

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09.30 Registration

10.00 Chair’s WelcomeBarney Callum, Editor, Learning Disability Today

10.05 Plenary Session: Hate Crime – A Life Without Fear

Experiencing hate crimes can be a particularly frightening experience as the victim has been targeted because of who they are. The aim of this session is to help staff working with people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, autism, and physical disabilities to recognise whether they are, or have been a victim of hate crime and if so, how to best report it and provide guidance on how people supporting a victim can advocate on the person’s behalf.

This important session will be led by Joanne Silkstone, North East and Yorkshire Learning and Development Manager for United Response, and Kevin Brighton, West Yorkshire Police Hate Crime Coordinator. They will discuss how to improve staff awareness of what constitutes a hate crime or hate incident by identifying and acting on the early indicators of repeat victimisation, whilst providing the staff and people they support with the knowledge of how they can report such incidents to the police or internally. They will also share the necessary tools for staff on how to act on hate crime quickly.

10.50 Questions and Answers

11.05 Refreshments

11.25 MASTERCLASS: Skills Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Problems Managing EmotionsBridget Ingamells, National High Secure Learning Disability Service, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and Natalie Brotherton, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Partnerships in Care, Priory Group

This masterclass will provide essential skills and knowledge, plus related case studies to deal with understanding the reasons for behaviour and considering the person as a whole – including their life history, physical health and emotional needs – to implement ways of supporting the person.

12.15 Questions and Answers

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Practice Development Sessions, choose from:

Room 1 – How to Help Young People with Communication Difficulties Overcome Separation AnxietyDr Carly Spicer, Aurora

Room 2 – Assessment and Treatment in the Community or Assessments and Interventions for clients with LD Dr Olga Dos Santos, Avon Forensic Community LD Team

14.20 Refreshments

14.30 Practice Development Sessions, choose from:

Room 1 – How to Move Away from PsychotropicsSarah Taie and Stephanie Draper, Turning Point

Public Health England research in 2015 said that at any time, between 30 000 and 35 000 people with a learning disability are prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both by their GP without having the conditions for which the drugs were designed to treat.

This session will provide practical guidance by reflecting on Turning Points journey implementing STOMP, as well as a case study on how using Positive Behaviour Support in conjunction with the STOMP initiative can result in significant positive outcomes for both the person with a learning disability and the staff team providing support. You will also review the VODG documents and tools organisations can use to help with this process.

Room 2 – Safeguarding Adults Continuum: practice messages for health and social care staff from Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs)Linda Spencer

15.30 Questions and Answers

15.50 Chairs’ Closing Comments

16:00 Close of Conference


Linda Spencer is a nurse by profession and has a strong commitment to improving the quality of staff training for the benefit of people with care and support needs. Linda is an independent trainer and consultant with a wide range of experience in health and social care development. She has provided specialist and general training and consultancy for over 15 years to social care, the acute sector, learning disability services, care homes, mental health services and housing. Linda’s expertise includes Adult Safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation Liberty Safeguards and intermediate care. Linda has worked in practice and development roles nationally, at the King’s Fund, the Health Care Commission and the Audit Commission and has worked on local improvement programmes with care and residential homes and primary care.

Bridget Ingamells held the position as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within the National High Secure Learning Disability Service, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. She is dual qualified in Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing and has had an interest in adapting and developing programs to be more amenable to individuals with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties throughout her career.

Natalie Brotherton is a Principal Clinical Psychologist. Natalie has experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions in forensic settings. She has been involved in delivering the ‘I can feel Good Group’ over the previous four years and has been involved in adapting the programme and developing the second edition of the manual.



Event Details

Date: 19 September, 2019

Start time: 09:30 a.m.

End time: 16:00 p.m.

Venue: The Beeches Conference Centre

Phone: +44 (0)1273 434 943

Email: info@pavpub.com