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Co-located and running in parallel to the highly acclaimed Positive Choices learning disability student nurses conference, this event is aimed at all Qualified Learning Disability Nurses, though may be especially attractive to early career entrants.

Venue: Birmingham City University, City South Campus

Date: 25th April 2019

We are delighted to invite attendees to the second annual Positive Commitment conference. Once again, we aim to provide a day of thoughtful and informative presentations and discussion, delivered and facilitated by leaders from across the sector. 2019 is the hundredth anniversary of learning disability nursing and this conference aims to provide opportunity for attendees to reflect on the professions past and future.

The Day will be chaired by Debra Moore FRSA and the programme includes a range of speakers nationally recognised for their work as nurses, family carers and self-advocates. 

Programme Details

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Room SCT 046, Dept of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences

City South Campus, SCT 374, Westbourne Road, B15 3TN

Thursday 25th April 2019


Opening address – Debra Moore FRSA MSc BSc(hons) RNLD, Managing Director DMA


Human rights & working politically for change - Peter Cronin, Self-Advocate, Lewisham and Steve Hardy, Practice Development Nurse, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Improving health and reducing inequalities in community services - Lynne Taylor, Strategic Health Facilitator LD NY TEWV


NHSI LD Standards Framework - Dave Atkinson, Independent Consultant Nurse & Senior Programme Manager, NHS Improvement


Improving health and reducing inequalities in secure care - Katie Edwards, Practice Development Nurse and Ann Scott, Education Lead, Cheswold Park Hospital


Health Equality Framework - Heather Duff, Project Manager, Learning Disability Managed Care Network, South East Scotland


Improving Lives Programme – Hazel Powell, Nursing Officer MH & LD Wales, Nurse Director MH & LD at ABMU Health Board


Lunch and networking


Improving health and reducing inequalities in Acute Hospitals - Rebecca Crossley, Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Nurse, James Paget University Hospital


Where are we now and the NHS 10 year plan - challenges and opportunities - Sue Beacock, Clinical Lead, NHS England with Learning Disability Advisor (tbc)


Break and networking


Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards – speaker to be confirmed


Oliver’s Story - Paula McGowan, multi-award winning campaigner for The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Autism and Learning Disability for all.


100 Years of Learning Disability Nursing - Sean Ledington, Learning Disability Nurse Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton


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n.b. Two weeks prior to this event all registrants will receive directions and further information.



DMA Solutions Ltd facilitate the Positive Commitment Conference in order to make a difference, not a profit, we ask however that attendees pay a small fee to cover the cost of administration, event management, publicity and associated expenses.rnld100

The cost to attend this year’s event is £25.00 plus VAT (£30). In order to keep the price so low, we are only able to accept electronic payments. To keep the cost this low, we will not be able to issue invoices. Attendees will however receive automated receipts of payment, should these be required in order for people to seek reimbursement from their employers.

It may be that attendees will be asked to provide their own snacks, drinks and a packed lunch.  The venue cannot guarantee catering at this stage, but we will keep you informed.