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LDT London 2018


We are back for the 18th year running!


Our CPD-certified seminar programme has three streams: Autism and Learning Disability, Health and Well-being, Policy and Practice. Choose your seminars from across the streams to create a day that matches your own learning needs and interests. Explore the exhibition, attend workshops and hear from experts in the field as they address today’s most competitive challenges at LDT London 2018.


Date: 28 November 2018

Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, London

Who for: learning disability providers from across the statutory and independent sectors, learning disability professionals and students, people with learning disabilities, carers


LDT London 2018 programme

Autism and Learning Disability Stream


11.20-12.20 - Supporting Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities and Autism

  • Julie Beadle-Brown - Tizard Centre; La Trobe University

13.10-14.10 - 10 Rules for Diagnosis

  • Jim Blair - Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Viki Ainsworth - Expert through Lived Experience

14.20-15.20 - Sex and Relationships Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities and with Autism

  • Dr Kelly Asagba - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Children with Disabilities Team, Southampton
  • Dr Sophie Doswell - Barnet Learning Disability Service

15.30-16.30 - A Life Without Fear?

  • Christine-Koulla Burke - Mental Health Foundation

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Reference group will present their report on hate crime A life Without Fear? They will discuss their report and help participants to think about what is hate crime.











Health and Well-being Stream


11.15-12.15 - Helping Carers of People with Personality Disorders and Learning Disabilities

  • Dr Colin Hemmings - Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust
  • Dr Jo Anderson - Mental Health of Learning Disability Service, KMPT NHS Trust
  • Dr Max Pickard - Mental Health of Learning Disability Service, KMPT NHS Trust
  • Emma Rye - NHS, KMPT NHS Trust

12.40-13.40 - Ignoring the Emotional Life of People with Learning Disabilities

  • David O'Driscoll - Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
14.00-15.00 - Learning Disability and Dementia: Best Practice for Day to Day Support
  • Dr Karen Watchman - University of Stirling

15.15-16.15 - Engaging with Primary Care and Improving Cancer Services

  • Amy George - East Hampshire Learning Disability Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Marta Coates - North Hampshire Learning Disability Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Julie Tucker - North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network







Policy and Practice Stream



10.00-11.00 - Panel Debate: Protection or Aspiration - The Future of Learning Disability Services

Strides are being made to support people with learning disabilities from being less marginalised from society. How do services strike the balance between delivering tailored social care and health on a budget, with empowering individuals to enjoy the same full lives like everyone else?

  • Tim Cooper - United Response
  • Madeline Cooper-Ueki - National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

11.20-12.20 - Do we still Value People with a Learning Disability?

  • Dr Steve Mee - Author of 'Lives with Autism' and 'Valuing People with a Learning Disability'

13.00-14.00 - Raising the Bar – How to Involve People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in Decision and Choice-Making Activities

  • Anne Lawn - Sense
  • Michael Fullerton - Care Management Group (CMG)
  • Dr Thomas Doukas - Choice Support
  • Annie Fergusson - PMLD LINK
  • Joanna Grace - The Sensory Projects

14.15-15.15 - Here, Now and the Future of the Transforming Care Programme

  • Ray James CBE - NHS England
  • Natalie MacPherson - MacIntyre

15.30-16.30 - Recognising Support Work: The Gap Between Policy and Practice

  • Rashmi Becker - University of Cambridge

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Delegate rate - £37+VAT

Student rate - £12+VAT

People with learning disabilities and their unpaid carers - free, please email us

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