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  • Location: St Andrew's Healthcare Northampton
  • Start Date: 29 November 2017 - 9:15 AM
  • End Date: 29 November 2017 - 5:00 PM

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About this conference

In challenging environments how do we, as Mental Health Care providers, move people through the care pathway and in to the community?

People with LD/ASD pose challenges to our services and we need to change and innovate to meet their needs as they move to the community.

What do we need to think about?

  • Adapting environments for LD/ASD patients by recognising their sensory needs
  • Providing vocational opportunities
  • Working with patients to co-produce care plans
  • Providing Psychological Behavioural Support
  • Understanding the environments that people need
  • Having expert knowledge about the clinical needs of these individuals
  • Structural considerations: Health Economics and the relationships between providers, CCGs and the NHS.

This one day event focused on innovating thinking and idea sharing about how to move people from inpatient to community care; maintaining and improving quality of life, whilst recognising the reality of budget constraints.

We had a number of presentations and workshops from experts in the field as well as patients and carers telling their own stories in their own words. This allowed us to consider pathways, interventions, therapies and innovation.

This event allowed you to take a day away from your usual practice to think and talk about how we take transforming care forwards to improve patient lives.

The conference aims and objectives were:

  • To get the Mental Health Care industry talking about Transforming Care and its challenges
  • To provoke thoughts on innovation and change within LD/ASD services
  • To discuss and share ways to improve the quality of life for people living with LD/ASD

The conference provided a range of keynotes, workshops, research, exhibits and posters to enable creative thinking and idea sharing from those who work within the Mental Health care industry around the country.

Keynote speaker Prof John Taylor

Keynote speaker Prof John Taylor

Keynote speaker Ian Ragan

Keynote speaker Ian Ragan

Keynote speaker Dr Roger Banks

Keynote speaker Dr Roger Banks

A presentation insight - Evaluation of a Discharge Protocol Intervention in a locked rehabilitation

Prof. John Taylor

Building the Right Support is a national plan to develop community services and close hospital beds for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism who display challenging behaviour. Essential components of this plan include reducing lengths of stay and (re)admissions to hospital services.

The impact of a newly developed discharge pathway protocol was evaluated by comparing discharge and readmission rates and use of PRN medication and restraint during 4-year periods prior to and following the introduction of the protocol.

A presentation insight - The National Autism project

Ian Ragan

The National Autism Project, funded by The Shirley Foundation in 2015, has been analysing the evidence base for autism interventions and identifying research gaps. Our report, The Autism Dividend: Reaping the rewards of better investment shows the significant gaps in evidence around the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions available to autistic people and their families, and to the commissioners and providers of services. As a result, the economic impact of autism in the UK is enormous while the needs of autistic people remain unmet. The recommendations of the report address major issues that are common to all members of the autistic community: the lack of data collection on autism; the absence of evidence-supported practice; the failure to establish an "autism identity" in the minds of policy makers, service commissioners and providers; the inadequacy of the training of professionals coming into contact with autistic people; and the shamefully low level of research funding to address gaps in knowledge. 

A workshop insight

Putting patients at the heart of service evaluation and development: a co-production approach.

St Andrew’s service users will talk about how they get involved in co-production and in their own words how important it is to them to have a voice and help to change things, the benefits of people listening to them, meeting people and gaining a sense of importance.

Leadership and Culture in Transforming CareDr Roger Banks, National Senior Psychiatry Lead, Learning and Disability Programme, NHS England

Evaluation of a Discharge Protocol Intervention in a locked rehabilitation service: impact on discharge, readmission, medication and restraint   Prof. John Taylor, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Specialist Adult Services, Northumbria University

Transforming minds: if we really want to transform care we first need to change attitudes - Juli Crocombe, FRC Psych, Consultant Associate, AT Autism

The National Autism Project: effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions in autism - Ian Ragan, Director of the National Autism Project


If you have any question in the meantime please email Liz Evans or call on 01604 616584

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