Westminster Health Forum

Learning disabilities and autism care in England

Morning, Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for improving health and care services for people in England with learning disabilities, autism or both.

Ahead of a new adults and children autism strategy expected this Autumn, and in light of the Review of the National Autism Strategy ‘Think Autism’: call for evidence, attendees will discuss how effective the current strategy has been in achieving its key aims of measuring, understanding and reporting needs of autistic people, improving workforce development and encouraging participation in the local community - as well as key considerations for the new strategy going forward. 

The seminar follows the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, which included learning disability and autism as key clinical priorities and announced measures to tackle health inequalities, stop over medication, and ensure more people receive personalised community based care.

Delegates will assess the way forward for implementation and the role of the newly formed NHS Assembly in delivering key goals - as well as what further measures could be taken to improve training, education provision and standards of care.

The seminar also follows the Government’s consultation on proposals to introduce compulsory learning disabilities and autism training for health and care staff. Delegates will discuss what more could be done to ensure the workforce has the right skills to deliver effective care. 

Further sessions assess progress in implementing plans to address the inequality in life expectancy for people with learning disabilities announced in the Government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme second annual report - including the electronic integration of health and care records.   

Keynote Speakers

Ray James

National Learning Disability Director, NHS England

George Matuska

Clinical Lead, Intellectual Disabilities, South of England Region and National Autism Lead, Health Education England

Keynote Speakers

Professor Rachel Forrester-Jones

Professor, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath

George Matuska

Clinical Lead, Intellectual Disabilities, South of England Region and National Autism Lead, Health Education England

David Nuttall

Deputy Director, Mental Health, Dementia and Disabilities, Department of Health and Social Care

Katie Matthews

Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager, NHS England

Ray James

National Learning Disability Director, NHS England


Baroness Jolly

Chair, Hft


Liz Bruce

Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth Borough Council

Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown

Joint Honorary Secretary, Royal College of General Practitioners and Integrated Care Lead, Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

Lilette Denton

Clinical Nurse, St Christopher's Hospice

Simon Jones

Chair, Learning Disability Nursing Forum, Royal College of Nursing; Nurse Consultant, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Expert Advisor, NICE Centre for Guidelines

Liza Dresner

Director, Resources for Autism

Vijita Patel

Principal, Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre

Jackie Collins

Project Lead, Transforming Care, LondonADASS

Yvonne Newbold

Member, NHS Assembly; Winner, National Learning Disabilities and Autism Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 and Author, The Special Parent’s Handbook