Are we really being ambitious enough? #AmbitiousLD |BLOG13

June 2019 has been a month of celebrations not just raising the profile of Learning Disabilities during #LDWeek19 but also that of centenary #100yrsRNLD celebrations that have been taking place and are planned to continue over the coming months. As a very small 3 person team it has been great that we have been invited and have attended so many events, meeting and sharing with students, registrants, experts with lived experiences and finding out what is happening across the south.

With so much hype and information being shared about the good (and the bad) I have found myself reflecting on outcomes. I am not talking about waiting times, targets and spreadsheets but actual people and their experiences of care and support. This has led me back to the aim of the #SouthID workforce programme:

” to create a sustainable and secure workforce supply, for people that have Intellectual Disabilities and/ or Autism, who require support from and/ or access to services “

And reminded me of a quote (or words to this effect) from Philippa Spicer the #SouthID workforce programmes senior responsible officer :

“Without something to aim for, however unachievable it may first appear, we won’t have a direction to travel in and even if we don’t get there think of what will be achieved along the way”

So rather than planning for only the next 3 to 5 years along with reacting to horrific events that are made public do we need to think more ambitiously?

What do I mean?

Well, I’m asking every person with lived experience, family member and member of the workforce what should we be aiming for? Is it that all vulnerable groups receive equitable care and support in line with the rest of society, or should we go further? What would health and care look like for the whole of society if we treated the care of our most vulnerable as a rule and not an exception? This could set the bar for best practice for all care and support that everyone will need at some point in their life.

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

Mahatma Gandhi

What do you think our shared aim should be? Tweet your thoughts using the hash tag


A quick reminder:

Core Capabilities Framework for Supporting #Autistic People: CONSULTATION DEADLINE 1ST OF JULY

You are invited to review the draft framework and provide your comments and feedback by completing an online survey.

More details on the framework development can be found at:

Created by stakeholder for stakeholder

The HEE South Intellectual Disability workforce programme started way back in 2015, and at that time we start to be able to support our stakeholders to overcome there workforce challenges. For many of those early pilot project the work has be completed and every thing they did and learning has been shared via reports, easy read summaries (with all the associate resources ) freely available to everyone. We currently have resources covering the following subjects:

In addition we also have more pilots underway covering other areas such as children and young peoplehealth navigationmental healthobesitypositive behavioural supportrecovery collegessimulationtransition and vision. If you want to find out who we are supporting, how to get in touch with them and what they are up to click here.

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