Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Refocusing health and wellbeing for people with a learning disability: the action we need

Learning Disability Today and Kingston University are delighted to host a one-day conference looking at how we can positively influence change to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, their families and those who support them.

This conference is an excellent way for professionals working in the field of learning disability and/or autism to hear about new practices, enhance their professional development and network with an all-inclusive learning disability community.

Speakers will discuss how we can overcome barriers to accessing healthcare with the aim of reducing health inequalities and by putting people with a learning disability at the heart of their care. It will also discuss the current workforce crisis, who we need to recruit to the sector and how, as well as how we can begin to shift away from crisis management to community support.

To ensure we stop simply talking about these issues and start acting, our speakers will come together at the end of the conference to discuss the action we need and where we go next.

Date: Thursday 12th September

Time: 9:30 – 16:00

Location: Kingston Hill campus


Jim Blair, Independent consultant nurse learning disabilities

Jim Blair
Jim is currently an Independent Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities, Associate Professor Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London, Chair/Clinical Advisor Learning Disabilities NHS England for Care Treatment Reviews, Panel Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel, Member of the Learning Disability Nursing National Shared decision-Making Council, Chair of the Royal College of Nursing London Board.



Confirmed speakers

Ann Keen, Former Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth

Ann Keen is Nursing Advisor to Sir Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting. She is a Former Labour Health Minister and Chair of the Patient’s Asssociation.

Professor Sara Ryan, Professor of Social Care

Sara Ryan is a Professor of Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the author of Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk – A Death by Indifference, about the death of her autistic son Connor while in an NHS care unit.

Stephen Unwin, Theatre director and expert by experience

Stephen Unwin is an experienced theatre and opera director, writer, teacher and campaigner for the rights of people with learning disabilities.

*This will be updated as more speakers are announced


Non-healthcare professionals: £150

Healthcare professionals: £100

Students: £40 (with lunch)

Carers/self advocates: Free*


*We have a limited number of free places so please email us to claim your free place.

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