Conference Workstreams

Our Workstreams

1st Session Workstreams
Making it Real: how to do personalised care and support
Personalisation is based on the idea that people want to have a life not a service. A new version of Making it Real was published by Think Local Act Personal Partnership and Coalition for Collaborative Care in October 2018. This provides a framework and a set of statements that describe what good, citizen-focused, personalised care and support look like from the point of view of people themselves. It is also about sharing power so people have choice and control over their lives. At this highly interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with Making it Real and to explore and discuss how they can use it in order to help people lead the lives they want with the right kinds of support.


Tim Parkin

Tim has worked in the area of social care and related areas for over 30 years in a range of different roles that have included policy and strategy, partnership work, commissioning and project management. As senior policy advisor for the Think Local Act Personal Partnership his work includes projects concerned with building community capacity, improving the evidence base for personalisation, and leading on the development of a revised version of Making it Real which sets out what good personalised care and support looks like. Between 2009 and 2013 Tim worked in the south east of England for the Department of Health and then the Health & Social Care Partnership, supporting policy implementation in the areas of personalisation, user led organisations, safeguarding, and carers. Prior to joining TLAP in 2016, Tim worked for Sitra, an organisation that represented supported housing providers, on a range of projects designed to link housing with social care, particularly in and around the development of the Care Act.

So What, What Next Project
Learn about this work in the Black Country to support people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital. Helping people to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities. Hear people’s stories


Angela Catley

Angela feels strongly about the rights of people with a learning disability - as a citizen, friend and advocate and also in her work. Angela began her career as a nurse for people with a learning disability, moving on to manage many different care services including a residential care home and shared lives service. More recently Angela has managed projects with a focus on people, communities and finding different ways to help people live their life their way. Angela is the Director of Development at Community Catalysts a creative social enterprise, based in Yorkshire and working across the UK.
NW Coproduction - A Long Term Relationship NOT a One Night Stand (that's Consultation)
The North West Training and Development Team has a 30 year history in the North West, in Partnership with Pathways Associates we have worked hard to make sure that the voices of children, young people, adults and older citizens with learning disability, autism or both are central to strategic planning across the North West and have been referred to as the 'Regional Glue'. Come along to find out what we do and how we do it.


NWTDT & Pathways
The North West Training and Development Team has been in existence since the mid 1980’s and is funded primarily through annual subscription by every Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group in the North West.
NWTDT works at the interface between people who use services, their families and services to support the development of better futures for all. We work closely with statutory services including a close partnership with the North West branch of the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services as well as with individuals and families. NWTDT worked to establish Pathways Associates Community Interest Company because we saw the need to be able to support people lead the work we were doing and attract independent funding to be able to do that.
We also wanted a better way to be able to directly employ people with a learning disability, autism or both and their families to deliver the majority of our work.
Pathways Associates Community Interest Company is committed to supporting individuals to take control of all aspects of their lives as described by the 12 pillars of independent living.

Pathways operates as a social enterprise reinvesting surplus into supporting research and developments which promote our principles and make our services available at a subsidised rate (or largely free) to people who may be entitled to health and social care services and their families.

We seek to attract funding from external sources in order to support the work we do and our partnerships with other organisations which share our values.

This workshop will share the work we have been doing in the NW to support genuine coproduction – A long term relationship, not a one-night stand.

Is commissioning broken?
Lots of people with learning disabilities make great choices about their lives - where to live, who to spend time with, the jobs to have and other things. But often they then get offered services that all look the same - group homes, flats in shared blocks, day centres and workshops or residential schools and 'secure units' away from home.
This will be a conversation about why people with learning disabilities (with their families) so often don't seem to get the support (services) that they want. We will talk about whether the system is broken and is there a better way. I hope we might have some brave ideas.


Bill Love

Bill works for the NDTi. He helps people and services think and work together. He talks too much and loves seeing the world.

Cartering Academy: Jobs

To be Completed
2nd Session Workstreams 15.00 - 15.50
How eye care aware are you?
We will show how we have been working with others to raise awareness of the importance of vision for people with a learning disability and explain how to access eye care in an interactive way. This will be a joint session from SeeAbility and Future Directions SPICE group.

Scott Watkin
Scott is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire working with the learning disability nurses, as of August 2013.

Scott has now taken on the role as Co Chair of Transforming Care Assurance Board to help reduce the number of people with learning disabilities staying in hospital and to go back in the community. Scott started this role in October 2015.

Scott won the making a difference award at the national learning disabilities awards in July 2017.

Scott Is also represents organisations and professionals on the representative body for Learning Disability England September 2017.

Scott was awarded the British Empire Medal and Name on the New Years Honours List 30th December 2017.


Laura Christie

Laura is a graduate in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University. Laura started her career in social care in 2001 and initially worked as a support worker for people with a learning disability. She then managed teams of support workers and set up supported living services for people with learning disabilities.

In 2005 Laura joined the charity SeeAbility at the start of their public health and campaigning work around transforming eye care for people who have a learning disability including work at local, regional and national levels. From 2014 Laura lead SeeAbility’s Children in Focus Campaign managing a team delivering sight tests in special schools to show the unmet need and influence change in policy and national service delivery. She is currently Head of Eye Care and Vision leading and delivering the Eye Care and Vision strategy for the charity.
Partnerships we all HOLD dear...
A little over 20 years ago the idea that someone with a disability who relied on state benefits for their income could actually buy a home of their own was often met with disbelief. Now, having helped over 1,300 people to do just that, home ownership using HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) is becoming a much more mainstream option. Of course getting to this point has involved building and maintaining strong working relationships between a wide range of different organisations as well as with buyers and their families. This presentation explores these relationships, celebrates some of the many success stories we’ve been privileged to be involved in and looks to the future of this unique life changing home ownership model, a future that all concerned HOLD very dear indeed.


David Abbey

David Abbey has worked in the financial services sector since 1984 and is a fully qualified Financial Adviser. Back in 1997 he was invited to join a ‘steering group’ to develop a process to enable people with a disability (who also rely on benefits for their income) to buy a home of their own. The result was a unique Government approved shared ownership model, known as HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities).

David then established MySafeHome Limited to provide everyone involved in helping people with disabilities realise their dream of home ownership with the support they need and to date almost 1,300 individuals have used HOLD to buy their own home. Passionate about the personalisation agenda David is the UK’s subject matter expert in home ownership for people with disabilities and in July 2017 was honoured to be elected to the LDE Representative Body.

Making it Real: how to do personalised care and support
Personalisation is based on the idea that people want to have a life not a service. A new version of Making it Real was published by Think Local Act Personal Partnership and Coalition for Collaborative Care in October 2018. This provides a framework and a set of statements that describe what good, citizen-focused, personalised care and support look like from the point of view of people themselves. It is also about sharing power so people have choice and control over their lives. At this highly interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with Making it Real and to explore and discuss how they can use it in order to help people lead the lives they want with the right kinds of support.


Tim Parkin

Tim has worked in the area of social care and related areas for over 30 years in a range of different roles that have included policy and strategy, partnership work, commissioning and project management. As senior policy advisor for the Think Local Act Personal Partnership his work includes projects concerned with building community capacity, improving the evidence base for personalisation, and leading on the development of a revised version of Making it Real which sets out what good personalised care and support looks like. Between 2009 and 2013 Tim worked in the south east of England for the Department of Health and then the Health & Social Care Partnership, supporting policy implementation in the areas of personalisation, user led organisations, safeguarding, and carers. Prior to joining TLAP in 2016, Tim worked for Sitra, an organisation that represented supported housing providers, on a range of projects designed to link housing with social care, particularly in and around the development of the Care Act.

Managing funding challenges from a legal perspective
This is a three-part session covering approaches to managing funding challenges from a legal perspective. This session may be mainly for providers however commissioners and individuals may find the information useful.
- managing contracts/contracting: identifying risks and approaches to mitigating them
- within the above, employment issues especially TUPE (and pensions if time) risks of services ‎starting and ending/transferring to another provider
- challenging changes to funding using private (contract) law and public (judicial review etc) law means


Dan Butler
Dan is a Partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Manchester Litigation & Dispute Resolution department which he joined in 2015 from Weightmans LLP. Dan specialises in commercial litigation and has experience of a range of commercial disputes including contractual and tort claims, judicial review, injunctions, search and seizure orders, partnership disputes and contentious insolvency matters.

Procurement challenges account for a large proportion of Dan's work load, whether bringing or defending proceedings, previously acting on behalf of local authorities, housing associations, NHS trusts, universities and other public contracting authorities. In a commercial litigation context Dan acts for partnerships and LLPs, national accountancy and insolvency practices together with limited companies and high net worth individuals.

Member of Procurement Lawyers Association.

Recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners 2014.

Transgender support – people with learning disabilities and/or autism
People with learning disabilities and/or autism, may be considering a transition from the gender they grew up with, to a gender role they feel more comfortable with. Indeed, the person may have made this transition. As it is the case with the general population, people with learning disabilities may be exposed to discrimination, abuse, ignorance and also faced with practical and emotional stresses linked with everyday life in their new gender identity.


Michael Fullerton
Michael is Director of Quality and Clinical Care in CMG will present this Webinar.
Michael is a registered learning disability nurse and works individually with a number of people with learning disabilities and autism to support their sexual and gender identity. Michael, as a learning disability nurse, has a unique position of working in a clinical role within a learning disability provider organisation. As CMG support over 900 people, Michael is able to offer support to a significant number of people, including in relation to relationships and sexuality.

Michael has witnessed an increasing number of people who are trans men or trans women, or are confused, haven’t ‘come out’ and the psychological impact of the stress and distress for people can be immense. Michael is therefore keen to ensure the support people receive from CMG and other networks is as responsive as possible to assist people to feel comfortable with their gender identity and choices and just be able to get on with their lives.

Michael has received training via the Family Planning Association to educate people with learning disabilities in relation to sexuality and has been gaining knowledge and inspiration about supporting transgender from the Clare Project in Brighton, a mainstream Transgender Support group.