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Nursing Live: Learning Disability Nursing

Published on: 17 Oct 2023

The agenda for learning disability nurses at Nursing Live, RCNi's new free event for nurses taking place in Liverpool on November 10-11, 2023.  Join us at the event by booking your free tickets to Nursing Live today.

Nursing Live: Learning Disability Nursing

As well as a wide range of CPD sessions which all nursing staff can share in, Nursing Live also recognises that colleagues working in specific disciplines are keen to hear from practitioners who understand the unique challenges of their speciality

With Nursing Live’s advisory board including several learning disability experts including David Williams, Head of Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, Learning Disability Nursing is one such specialism that will be explored at Nursing Live.

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​​David Williams
Head of Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

One of the key Learning Disability Nursing sessions to be hosted at Nursing Live will be 'Improving care for ‘Inbetweeners’: supporting healthcare transition from children’s to adults’ services for young people with a learning disability'.

Chaired by the RCN’s Professional Lead in Learning Disabilities, Jonathan BeeBee, this session will feature Dr Alison Tavaré,  clinical co-ordinator with NCEPOD, and the South West’s clinical lead for NHS@Home and Learning Disability Collaborative, and Jacqui Rogers, Trust Transition Lead Nurse at the Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust.

The panel, which will unpack NCEPOD’s ‘Inbetweeners’ report, and discuss its recommendations for improvements in areas like transition pathways, will also include Barbara Braithwaite; the mum of a young man with complex needs who will highlight how a young person can be put at the centre of care.

Nursing Live also has presentations on the positive impact genomics can have within the learning disability and autism space, and how hospitals can be made more neurodiverse-friendly.

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There will also be talks closely related to certain learning disability issues such as safeguarding and self-harm. One of these will be 'Assessing, managing and preventing recurrence of self-harm in children and young people', which will be given by Dr Gemma Trainor, Associate Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Salford.

While there will be many talks and presentations on offer at Nursing Live focused on specialist nursing disciplines, it’s anticipated that many delegates will network with their colleagues from other nursing backgrounds to get new ideas and share valuable cross-sector insights.

Learning and Disability nurse Ross Sheridan, who works at the Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, said:

“At Nursing Live I’m looking forward  to meeting all sorts of colleagues from every different avenue and sphere of nursing, sharing my experiences, and listening to others about theirs. I'm also really looking forward to learning about how innovation and entrepreneurship will shape future practice. What’s nursing going to look like in the next few years? How’s it going to develop?  And how can we all collectively share in those experiences and development?”

Experts speaking at Nursing Live

Nursing Live speakers

The RCN’s Nursing Awards, which will run alongside Nursing Live in Liverpool this November, will also be showcasing Learning Disability best practice.

Finalists in the Learning Disability Nursing category include Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Derwen College, Catalyst Care Group, Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, and Southern Health NHS Trust. In addition,  Paxton Green Health Centre, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, have been nominated in other categories with projects focused on improving outcomes and experiences for patients with disabilities.

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