29 March 2019

Over 250 health care professionals attend mental health trust learning disabilities conference to address health inequalities

Manashchattopadhyay CroppedHealthcare professionals from across the learning disabilities sector have come together to share learning and good practice, as part of an annual conference, to improve health inequalities for people with learning disabilities.

Now in its fourth year, the Bristol Annual Learning Disabilities Conference took place on Friday 22 March at BAWA Healthcare and Leisure, Filton, Bristol.  This year's conference was organised by Consultant Psychiatrists from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, who are part of the Avon Learning Disabilities Education and Research Network (ALDERN).

AWP's Associate Director of Operations for Specialised Services, Mark Arruda-Bunker, said: "As a Trust, we provide a range of learning disability services across Avon and Wiltshire and we work closely with our service users to improve services and help them achieve their goals and live fulfilled lives.

"We know that sometimes people who have a learning disability don't always get access to good quality hospital or community care and this is something we are committed to changing. Through this conference we have been able to bring together healthcare professionals so that we can share our learnings and experiences of how to continually improve the provision and delivery of high quality services for people who have a learning disability."

Delegates heard from a number of national keynote speakers, who are experts in the field of learning disabilities, as well as attended workshops which gave a perspective from family members and carers of people who have a learning disability.

AWP Medical Lead for Learning Disability Services, Dr Manash Chattopadhyay, said: "The event was a great success, bringing together psychiatrists, multi-disciplinary health professionals, support workers, commissioners and GPs with an interest in, and commitment to, improving health outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

"Someone with a learning disability can often have difficulty accessing services, may not have access to information regarding symptoms or be aware of life-threatening conditions, and may not have the support in place to encourage them to seek help when they become ill.  This conference enabled us to share experiences and hear about new ways of working to address these issues and improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities."

A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5million people in the UK have one.

Cookies on our website

Cookies are used to ensure you get the best browsing experience. No personally identifiable information is collected.
By using our site you agree to these cookies being used. For more information please see our Cookie Policy.