Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for learning disabilities and autism care in England

Morning, Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This conference 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.

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, reduce waiting times for specialist services, and ensure more people receive personalised community based care.

Delegates will assess the way forward for implementation - including what further measures could be taken to improve training, education provision and standards of care.

Ahead of a new adults and children autism strategy expected this autumn, and in light of the Think Autism strategy governance refresh, 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 also comes as the Government launches a 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 2nd annual report - including the electronic integration of health and care records.   

Keynote Speaker

Ray James

National Learning Disability Director, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Katie Matthews

Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager, NHS England

Ray James

National Learning Disability Director, NHS England


Senior speaker confirmed from Health Education England

Liz Bruce

Director of Adult Social Services, 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

Vijita Patel

Principal, Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre