Learning Disability Today Study Day


Date: 19 September 2019

Venue: The Beeches Conference Centre, Bournville, Birmingham

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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Time Session Speaker Description
9:30 Registration
10:00 Chair’s Welcome Barney Callum, Learning Disability Today Editor
10:05 Plenary Session: Hate Crime – A Life Without Fear Joanne Silkstone, North East and Yorkshire Learning and Development Manager, United Response; Kevin Brighton, West Yorkshire Police Hate Crime Coordinator 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 explore 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. Joanne and Kevin will also share the necessary tools for staff on how to act on hate crime quickly.

10:50 Questions and Answers
11:05 Refreshments (included in your ticket price)
11:25 MASTERCLASS: Skills Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Problems Managing Emotions Bridget Ingamells, National High Secure Learning Disability Service, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust; 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 (included in your ticket price)
13:30 Practice Development Sessions, choose from:
Room 1 – Separation Anxiety and ‘School Refusers’ – How to Help Young People with Communication Difficulties Overcome Separation Anxiety Dr Carly Spicer, Clinical Psychologist, The Aurora Group
Room 2 – Providing a Forensic Community Service for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities Dr Olga Dos Santos, Clinical Psychologist; Angela Phillipou, LD Nurse and Service Manager, Avon Forensic Community Learning Disabilities Team
14:20 Refreshments (included in your ticket price)
14:30 Practice Development Sessions, choose from:
Room 1 – How to Move Away from Psychotropics Sarah 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, Independent Trainer and Consultant (social care)
15:30 Questions and Answers
15:50 Chairs’ Closing Comments
16:00 Close of Study Day


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.

Stephanie Draper, Practice Lead for Turning Point Learning Disability and Mental Health Business Unit. Stephanie joined Turning Point in 2014 as a Regional Manager managing a group of support services for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. In 2016 Stephanie moved into the role of Practice Lead to contribute to the strategic planning of and oversee the development/implementation of key long term pieces of work to shape and inform practice. Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of different roles working with young people and adults with complex needs including direct support work, managing multiple services and training/workforce development for support teams. Stephanie is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and is currently managing a team of PBS Lead and practitioners providing additional support advice to support teams and leading on key initiatives such as STOMP, Life Star and Quality Checkers team.

Sarah Taie, PBS Lead for Turning Point Learning Disability and Mental Health Business Unit. Sarah joined Turning Point in 2016 as Positive Behaviour Support Lead, working to embed and develop PBS practice across the organisation. She works nationally as part of a practice development team who champion and influence best practice across Turning Point. Prior to joining Turning Point, Sarah worked for 8 years in a number of settings supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health needs. She has worked in a variety of roles, including as a Support Worker, Psychology Assistant and Service Manager.

Dr Olga Dos Santos is a Clinical Psychologist working for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. Olga has an interest in delivering adapted psychological therapies to people with intellectual disabilities within forensic settings. Prior to working with the Avon Forensic Learning Disabilities Team, Olga worked as part of the Mental Health Team at HMP Eastwood Park. Her role included setting up and delivering psychological interventions to women with complex needs including intellectual difficulties.

Dr Carly Spicer is an integrative Clinical Psychologist with 19 years of experience in various psychological settings and roles. This has included Her Majesty’s Prison Service, the charitable sector, the NHS, private providers and now education. After an 8 year career in Forensic Psychology, she managed a PCT commissioned project in addictions for 2 years with a local charity. However, Carly missed being a Psychologist so she applied for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral training in 2010 at The University of Birmingham and was successful. As an NHS Trainee Clinical Psychologist, she was able to combine her past experiences with new learning. It was quickly evident that Carly’s favoured role (after 10 years of secure settings, challenging behaviour and offending behaviour work) involved supporting children and families. Since qualifying in 2014 Carly has therefore focused on working with children and families in senior roles across children in care, diagnostic services and now the education environment. Carly’s goal is to deliver high quality and bespoke services for children and families in the community and schools. As a Clinical Lead at Aurora Group, she has worked alongside colleagues to set up a school in Stoke-on-Trent for children with social and communication disorders and complex needs. In June 2018 Aurora Hanley School received an Outstanding rating after only 9 months of opening; with special reference to the quality of the clinical provision. The inspector commented that this was unique and integral to the schools rating.

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

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