TO BE PUBLISHED September 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference focuses on key issues for autism and learning disabilities care in England.
We expect discussion on the day to reflect key current issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at:
- the impact on people with autism and learning disabilities, those delivering care, and the services that are provided;
- what has been learned from the way individuals, and organisations and their processes, have adapted to the deal with the crisis that can be carried forward for the future, and
- extra support that will be needed for individuals and organisations in the wake of the crisis.
Key areas for discussion:
- Progress in implementing goals for learning disabilities and autism in the NHS Long Term Plan;
- Joining up policy across health, social care and education;
- Supporting the delivery of services, individuals, carers, residential care providers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Assessing the effectiveness of the current strategy in improving the health and care of autistic people, their families and carers - as well as achieving its key aims;
- The Learning Disability Mortality Review, and the government response to it, on action to reduce unavoidable and premature deaths; and
- Integrating care across health and social care and within education and the community - as well as:
- progress in implementing plans to address the inequality in life expectancy for people with learning disabilities,
- how services have been delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
- opportunities for spreading local innovations in care.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
- Think Autism, including:
- Official guidance relating to COVID-19 being issued by:
- NHS England on supporting patients of all ages who are unwell in mental health, learning disability, autism, dementia and specialist inpatient facilities, and
- the Department for Health and Social Care for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Government policy announcements on:
- increased capacity in community care settings for those with learning disabilities and autism - backed by £74m in funding over three years,
- making discharge from hospital easier - with the aim of delivery through:
- reforms to the Mental Health Act, and
- a National Strategy for Disabled People.
- social care reform - with commitments to seeking cross-party agreement on the way forward, and
- an NHS Funding Bill - to deliver spending commitments and the NHS Long Term Plan.
- Next steps for delivering the autism strategy for adults and children;
- Progress in meeting goals in the NHS Long Term Plan for learning disabilities and autism;
- Delivering for people with autism and learning disabilities during COVID-19 - continuity of care, supporting families and individuals, and what learnings can be taken forward for the future;
- Funding, health inequalities and delivering integrated personalised care - the NHS Long Term Plan, priorities for the new strategy, and mitigating the impact of the pandemic;
- Key issues for parents, carers and individuals: awareness, support and engagement;
- Education, skills and training - supporting the workforce to deliver services safely and effectively, and implementing the Autism Core Capabilities Framework;
- Integrating health and education policy;
- Key issues from CQC review into restraint, seclusion and segregation; and
- Integrating health and education policy.
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Cabinet Office; the Department for Education; DWP; the Government Equalities Office; HMPPS; MHCLG; the Department for Transport; and the National Audit Office.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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