Strengthening the Commitment to Modernsing Learning Disability Nursing
Nursing professionals from across the UK to attended a dedicated conference in the Midlands on 20th September 2013
Nursing practitioners and fellow professionals in the field of Learning Disability Nursing came together at a national conference in the Midlands on Friday 20th September to share best practice in implementing the aims and aspirations of a key government report. The conference called Strengthening the Commitment – Paperclip Challenge 2013 and was held at The Public, a state-of-the-art venue on New Street in West Bromwich.
Learning Disabilities Nursing has changed dramatically in the course of a generation; from an old model of institutionalised care to a more inclusive model where the focus is on individual support enabling independence, inclusion and empowerment. At the same time, more children born with learning disabilities are now living longer; into adolescence, adulthood and older age. These changes present new challenges to nursing practitioners, which the chief nursing officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland sought to address in a joint report, published in 2012.
'Strengthening the Commitment', the Report of the UK Modernising Learning Disabilities Nursing Review was originally prepared for NHS audiences. The conference sought to ensure that best practice is shared across the learning disabilities nursing profession to enable
members from all sectors to create a critical mass of leaders, working together to effect change and act as advocates for the profession and those they serve.
Attendees at the conference enjoyed presentations and workshops from a range of key professionals from both the public and independent sectors, including Ros Moore, Chief Nursing Officer Scotland; Debra Moore, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety at Danshell and
Chair of the Independent Sector Collaborative within the Department of Health Steering Group on Strengthening the Commitment; Helen Laverty, Health Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham; and Frances Cannon, Senior Professional Officer Northern Ireland Practice Education Council.
Debra Moore, who in addition to being a keynote speaker has helped organise the conference said;
"Strengthening the Commitment – the Paperclip Challenge is about helping to make a difference to the lives of the people who make a difference every day.
"Learning Disability Nursing is immensely rewarding, but it's also very challenging and the nature of what we do as nursing practitioners is changing every day. Opportunities like this conference, to share and help implement best practice across the public and independent sectors, are priceless, so I'm delighted to see so many fellow professionals participating."
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Notes for Editors:
- Strengthening the Commitment – Paperclip Challenge 2013' took place on Friday 20th September 2013 at The Public, New St, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 7PG
- Biographies for the key speakers are available – please contact the Press Office on 07885 785145 or at
- Approximately 1.5 million people in Britain are living with learning disabilities (Source: Mencap www.mencap.org.uk/all-about-learning-disability/information-professionals/more-about-learning-disability)
- This figure is set to grow by 14 per cent between 2001 and 2021 (Source: Centre for Disability Research - Emerson E, Hatton C (2008), Estimating Future Need for Adult Social Care Services for People with Learning Disabilities in England
- The Report, 'Strengthening the Commitment' can be downloaded directly here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00391946.pdf
- Strengthening the Commitment makes clear recommendations designed to help improve learning disabilities nursing, underpinned by four organising principles for supporting reform:
1. Strengthening capacity
2. Strengthening capability
3. Strengthening quality
4. Strengthening the profession
The Outstanding Contribution to Learning Disability Nursing Award presented to Helen Laverty by Debra Moore and Ruth Northway
Friday 20th September 2013
Venue: The Public, New St, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 7PG http://www.thepublic.com/
Registrations are now formally closed.
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8.00am – 9.00am Coffee and Registration
9.00am – Welcome, Ros Moore, Chief Nursing Officer Scotland and a brief word from LD Nursechat
9.15am – Overview from the four countries….
Ben Thomas, Professional Adviser for Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing, DH
Margaret Serrels, Professional Nurse Advisor for Learning Disabilities, Scottish Government
Frances Cannon, Senior Professional Officer Northern Ireland Practice Education Council
Jenifer French, Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing, Welsh Government
10.15am - Leadership, Learning Disability Nursing and Legacy with Helen Laverty, Health Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham and Debra Moore, MD of Debra Moore Associates
11.15am Coffee break
11.45am -Listen Do Believe - Ruth Northway, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing University of South Wales,
12.15pm - Mental Capacity - Steven Hardy, Consultant Nurse in Learning Disabilities, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust .
12.45pm – Maureen Major QN, Learning Disability Health Facilitator: Nottingham North & East
1.15 – 2.15pm Lunch
Afternoon Workshops are being run and you can choose one workshop from each session, so two in total:
Workshops Session One 2.15pm – 3.00pm (choose one)
a) CHANGE – Supporting Parents with a Learning Disability
b) Mark Gray - Identifying Behaviours that indicate Sight loss in people with Learning Disabilities
c) Jane Smith and Anne Cooper – Nursing informatics and the challenges for LD Nurses
Working through some of the ideas about are we comparing apples with apples or apples with pears ….do we know what an apple looks like? If we don’t think about the information we both generate and use within services we end up working with false assumptions or talking at cross purposes, planning and commissioning the wrong things – all of which have negative impact for service users – so the outcome I want from the workshop is for people to be more aware and go away thinking about how they use or produce service information, what happens to it after they record it, and whether this tells the right story for their service and service users. Nurses feeling more empowered to challenge ‘systems’ if the information they are using or collecting doesn’t make sense.
d) LDNursechat - Building a Network of Support, Social Networking Masterclass
"R/T, Lurking, #FF, DM me”, know what I'm talking about?!? If you don't then you might be missing vital support, advice and new information to enable your clients, your colleagues and your career. Social media is out there and is happening right now, it's a conversation that you can choose to be part of or not, but it is going on with or without you! This workshop will highlight some of the opportunities that Social Media can bring to your practice and will offer some practical activities to get you tweeting! What could be more valuable from a conference than being able to take home your own group of experts in your pocket willing to help at a moment’s notice!
Workshops Session Two 3.15pm – 4.00pm (choose one)
e) Advocacy, whose job is it? Kellie Woodley, Project Manager Inclusion North The workshop will show the lessons we have learnt from our North East Advocacy Project looking at self and family advocacy in specialist services, and explore the role of advocacy and whose job is it?
f) Health Equalities Framework, overview and demonstration, Gwen Moulster, Consultant Nurse, Whittington Health and Dave Atkinson, Consultant LD Nurse
g) Overcoming barriers: building power and influence in your organisation. - David C Roberts. David's workshops are fun, highly participative, and thought provoking. They are designed to accelerate the development of leadership skills, of people and of
h) Dave Dawes - Innovation
4.15pm – 5.00pm Awards Presentations followed later by evening entertainment.