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5th November 2019

Members of the partnership attended Suffolk User Forum’s AGM. The event included a great talk from ESNEFT’s (Colchester & Ipswich hospitals) Chief Executive, Nick Hulme. There were also the beginnings of co-producing how Ipswich Hospital can become a ‘mentally friendly’ general hospital. There will be a follow up workshop in the next few months. We will post the details on this website.

LeDeR Engagement Group meeting

9th October 2019

LeDeR Engagement Group meeting

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme aims to make improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities on average die younger than people without learning disabilities. When someone with a learning disability dies, there is a review into their death to learn and improve the standard and quality of care for people with learning disabilities. The first of Suffolk’s engagement group met in October, talking about the Suffolk’s action plan, how the local programme can engage with the public & how the group will operate.

Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Meeting

2nd October 2019

Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Meeting

The last meeting of 2019 included updates from all Board members and discussions about refreshing Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy.

Mental Health Transformation Programme newsletter

30th September 2019

Mental Health Transformation Programme newsletter

Members of the partnership helped to produce an easy-read version of the first Mental Health Transformation Programme newsletter. The transformation programme aims to improve the mental health services in Suffolk. There will be a regular easy-read version of the newsletter to keep people up to date with the work done so far. You can find it on the resources section of the website.

Suffolk People First

20th September 2019

Suffolk People First

Members of the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board attended Suffolk People First, a county-wide event aimed at empowering people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Important topics covered at the event included the Mental Health Alliance’s A Very Different Conversation and information about next year’s Transport Policy consultation.

Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy refresh

6th September 2019

Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy refresh

Members of the partnership helped to produce an easy-read version of the Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy refresh. You can read the document by going to the resources page then clicking on the health section.

Suffolk People First

7th June 2019

Suffolk People First

Members of the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board attended Suffolk People First. The event was all about sharing stories. There were short films followed by the opportunity for everyone attending to have their story, experience, news or opinion filmed.

Safeguarding Adults, easy-read information

28th November 2018

Safeguarding Adults, easy-read information

Ace Anglia have worked with the Suffolk Adults Safeguarding Board to produce a number of accessible documents that help explain what safeguarding is, the types of abuse that may happen and who to contact if you or someone you know is at risk. All of the documents will be hosted on this website in the January 2019.

Online Provider Directory

22nd November 2018

Online Provider Directory

Suffolk County Council are working with members of the Partnership & support providers to look at how activities for day, evening & weekend activities can be hosted online. This way, people will be able to choose how they spend their money on support and activities and have a greater choice of what they do and when they do it.

Family Carer Survey

29th October 2018

Family Carer Survey

Members of the Partnership supported the creation of a survey about being a family carer. The survey asked questions about the support people receive, experiences of care providers and ideas for new things that could help people in their caring role. Because we acknowledge there are lots of family carers who have a learning disability, we created an easy-read version. Visit our news page for more information.

Black History Month: Celebrating Past, Present and Future Contributions

22nd October 2018

Black History Month: Celebrating Past, Present and Future Contributions

Members of the partnership attended a conference: Black History Month: Celebrating Past, Present and Future Contributions. The event was hosted by Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and celebrated the contribution of Black & Ethnic Minority staff, sharing staff stories and presented current statistics around diversity within NSFT.

Provider ‘one-page profile’ event

8th October 2018

Provider ‘one-page profile’ event

Suffolk County Council, Adult & Community Services hosted a provider workshop to start co-producing how provider services and activities could be hosted online. This would take the form of a ‘service directory (a list of different services) and each provider could clearly show what they offer, along with details of prices, times, locations etc.

Housing Pathway Working Group

28th September 2018

Housing Pathway Working Group

The Housing Pathway Working Group had its first meeting. The pathway will look at routes through and between housing options that everyone can understand. This could be Suffolk County Council or Social landlord housing, Private rentals, shared/home ownership, Supported Housing, Residential or other options. We would also like to develop a clear vision for our supported living models including recognising diversity of approaches required and clear messages for the housing, care and support markets.

Practice Manager Forum

27th September 2018

Practice Manager Forum

Joel Mayo, a Champion in the Staying Healthy Safe & Well Workstream was supported by Ace Anglia to present the new easy-read resources to GP Practice Managers. Practice Managers run Doctors Surgeries across Suffolk. The resources will be available on the Useful Information pages in November.

Suffolk People First, September 2018

14th September 2018

Suffolk People First, September 2018

Ace Anglia hosted their county-wide speaking up meeting. Agenda items included: The new Primary Care easy-read booklets, Government consultation on buses, Good news stories and the mental Health consultation. The next Suffolk People First meeting is on the 7th of December.

Joint Workstream meeting

11th September 2018

Joint Workstream meeting

The Partnership hosted a Joint Workstream meeting, which looked at the ideas and input shared in the Strategy refresh meeting in July. We co-produced a plan moving forward to make the most of our resources and to constantly develop the way we work together. A full report of the 2018-20 strategy refresh will be available in late October 2018.

31st January 2018

Suffolk’s Learning Disability Partnership Board identified a potential gap in support & strategic direction for adults with Autism living in Suffolk. A group met to co-produce future strategies to ensure adults with Autism live good lives in their communities and receive the right support, at the right time, from the right people. Discussion points were around: The potential to include Autism as part of the Learning Disability Partnership The potential to co-produce an Autism Strategy for Suffolk & how this could be implemented Discuss if there is a need to continue as a Working Group or support existing groups The

Support Worker & PA Network

11th January 2018

Support Worker & PA Network

On Thursday 11th of January the Learning Disability Partnership hosted the first meeting of the Support Worker & PA Network. The network was of the original priorities of the Learning Disability Strategy. Support Workers are integral to the implementing the vision of the Strategy, and there needs to be a space to hear their voice.

Suffolk Show

31st May 2017

Suffolk Show

Members of the Partnership attended the Suffolk Show, telling people about the Learning Disability Strategy & asking people what they like to do in the evening using an online survey.

Patient Partnership Conference

30th May 2017

Members of the ‘Staying Healthy, Safe & Well’ Workstream attended the Patient Partnership Conference, hosted by the Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.  

Provider Event

22nd May 2017

The Partnership hosted a Provider Event at Landmark House in Ipswich. We shared the specifications for new services, which will come under new categories in what is called a Framework. The categories are: Day, Evening & Weekend Activities, Planned Supported Breaks, Support me in my Life and Preparation for Work.  

Accessible Information Standard Training

26th April 2017

Accessible Information Standard Training

Max Clark (Accessible Information Lead at Ace Anglia) & Mark Conquer (Champion for Information, Advice & Advocacy) delivered some training about the Accessible Information Standard to GP Practice Managers.

Employment Support Provider Event

24th April 2017

The Partnership hosted a event for Employment Support Providers, setting the scene for the potential changes in commissioning, and how Providers would adapt to provide a good service for people around Employment Support.

Accessible Information Standard Survey

6th March 2017

Anya Wooddissee (Co-production Project Lead at Ace Anglia) & Mark Conquer (Strategy Champion for Information, Communication & Advocacy) went to visit people to talk about the impact of the Accessible Information Standard. They took the survey written by NHS England to people living across Suffolk. They supported people to fill in the survey, and the responses were sent back to NHS England for them to review.

Family Discussion Groups

15th February 2017

In February we talked to families about the Strategy

Councillor Locality Sessions

16th January 2017

In January and February we talked to local councillors about the strategy