Consensus to contribute to key learning disability event in March

March 4, 2019

Consensus are delighted to be supporting and contributing to the programme for Open Forum Events “Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes” conference on Tuesday, 12th March at the Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.

With soundbites from the government on future social care and the NHS pledging to make learning disabilities and/or autism a ‘national priority’ in their upcoming 10-year plan, the conference aims to further the discussions and progress being made in supporting people with learning disabilities by focusing on the support and services that are essential for people to thrive.

With an audience of over 130 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, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Learning Disability Forum, The Children’s Society, Consensus Support and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  

Consensus Support, as a recognised provider partner supporting Local Authority Transforming Care Programmes to support people with very complex needs to move on from more secure settings  to community-based living, will be delivering a detailed case study.

Presented by Selina Wain, Consensus Operations Manager for the North and Melanie Harmer, Consensus Behaviour Practitioner, the case study tells the story of Debbie, who has a learning disability, personality disorder and complex needs, and her successful transition to a supported living setting after 23 years in a long stay hospital.

During the presentation Debbie’s support team will provide unique insights into the approach taken as well as a detailed explanation on how the right environment, a full transition and Positive Behaviour Support Plan, and recruitment of staff who understood Debbie’s complex needs and triggers enabled the team to overcome challenges and support Debbie to live a meaningful and fulfilling life in her own home.

For more information, please click here to visit the Open Forum Events website.