Consensus support key event in the Learning Disability Calendar in Manchester

February 23, 2018

Consensus are delighted to be supporting and contributing to the programme for Learning Disabilities Conference: Fulfilling Potential and Supporting Better Lives on 13th March.

Against a backdrop of an estimated 1,087,100 people with learning disabilities living in the UK, the conference, being hosted at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, aims to further the discussions and progress being made in supporting people with learning disabilities.

With an audience of 80-120 delegates including Directors of Learning Disabilities, Medical, Clinical Psychology, Safeguarding and Wellbeing teams, the plenary sessions will offer a comprehensive range of speakers and presentations by expert professionals, contributors and self-advocates.

Best practice and initiatives will be showcased which delegates may feel appropriate to adopt as part of their own support provision. The day aims to encourage discussion and debate about the progress made, in addition to the opportunity to share stories and experiences with contributions from: NHS England, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, Consensus Support, Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Foundation for Learning Disabilities.

Consensus Support, as a recognised provider partner supporting Local Authority’s Transforming Care programmes to support people with very complex needs to move on from institutionalised accommodation to more community based living, will be delivering a detailed case study. Presented by Ray Godwin, Head of Development and Partnerships in the North and Simon Jones, our Positive Behaviour Lead, the case study will focus on positive risk taking in line with maintaining safeguarding, choice and control.  The case study tells the journey of a gentleman we now support in one of our specialist services in Greater Manchester, and describes the transferring and management of risks identified in a long-term secure setting to a residential setting.  Through risk mitigation profile and positive behaviour support, a move on to residential services was the changing point, which has led to a more independent way of life. His journey and ours was about not allowing the risk and needs that had inherently become so complex over the years to become an obstacle to a better life.

Over the last three years we have worked in partnership with Greater Manchester Local Authority to meet an identified local need. This led to Consensus developing three new registered care homes with nursing input, offering individuals with highly complex needs an enhanced level of support in a community setting, this includes Cheshire House, Vale House and Kingarth.

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