Westminster Health Forum

Improving care for people with learning disabilities: community provision, regulation and workforce development

Friday, 27th January 2017

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


With local Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) beginning their work, this timely seminar will provide an opportunity to assess future policy priorities for people with learning disabilities across health and social care.

Delegates will consider the implementation of NHS England’s Building the Right Support plan, with local plans proposed by TCPs - collaborations between Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities and specialised commissioners - due to be assessed against countrywide objectives, with the aim of, by 2019, reducing the reliance on inpatient care and establishing a national service delivery model for commissioners and providers.

Further sessions focus on the impact of population-based healthcare, via new Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), on care for people with learning disabilities, the impact of new inspection methodologies announced in the CQC’s five-year strategy on the regulation of care, and priorities for personalising care in light of the national rollout of the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme - as well as improving access to primary care for people with learning disabilities.

Guest of Honour

Professor Jane Cummings

Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England

Guest of Honour

Professor Jane Cummings

Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England


Lord Adebowale

Non-Executive Director, NHS England and Chief Executive Officer, Turning Point


Dr Neil Ralph

Programme Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disability, Health Education England

Jim Thomas

Programme Head - Workforce Innovation, Skills for Care

Dr Theresa Joyce

National Professional Advisor on Learning Disabilities, CQC

Peter Kinsey

Chief Executive, Care Management Group and Board Member, Learning Disability England

Sue Darker

Operations Director, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health, Hertfordshire County Council

Professor Pauline Heslop

Programme Lead, Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme and Professor of Intellectual Disabilities Studies, University of Bristol

Councillor Gavin Harding

Learning Disability Advisor, Transforming Care, NHS England

Speaker confirmed from


Ms Sharon Jeffreys

Head of Commissioning - Learning Disabilities, NHS South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Patrick Vernon

Project Co-ordinator (Health Partnership Project), National Housing Federation