SEND Learning Disability Diagnostic Pathways Event

12 January 2022 9:30am – 12:00pmGMT (+00:00)
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

We are delighted to be holding a SEND Learning Disability Diagnostic Pathways event on the 12th January from 9.30 to 12.00. The event aims to share information and innovative practice to support improvements to Learning Disability Diagnostic Pathways.  


We understand that many systems and local areas are experiencing challenges around:

  • Effective integrated Learning Disability diagnostic pathways/approaches
  • Utilising data and intelligence effectively to inform commissioning services
  • Disparity in services provided to those with Learning Disabilities


As a result of the ongoing issues that have been raised, we are delighted to invite you to a free online workshop. The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Improve outcomes for Children and Young People (CYP)
  • Reduce variability
  • Share practice
  • Improve the lived experience for CYP with a Learning Disability


The workshop is open to:

  • Clinicians/Paediatricians
  • Learning Disability Leads
  • Primary Care Leads
  • CCG CYP Commissioners
  • Local Authority CYP Commissioners
  • Public Health CYP Commissioners
  • SEND Designated Clinical Officer/Designated Medical Officer
  • Early Years Commissioners


The workshop will include the following:

  • Parent Carer Experience of the Diagnostic Pathway  
    • Tina Emery, South West Regional Representative for the National Network of Parent Carer Forums CIC
  • The Challenges of Developing a Diagnostic Pathway for Learning Disability
    • Jess Glenn, Head of Integrated Commissioning - Children & Families, Gloucestershire County Council
    • Vicky Townsend, Outcome Manager, Children and Families Hub, Gloucestershire County Council and wider team
  • Understanding Your Data
    • Dr Karen Horridge, Consultant Paediatrician (Disability), South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Holistic Diagnostic Pathways
    • Alison Parkinson, Clinical Services Manager (Targeted Children’s Services), Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
    • Dr Sam Postings,  Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • Next Steps
    • Discussion hosted by Mark Tucker, Senior Learning Disability and Autism Programme Assurance Manager and SEND Lead - NHS England and NHS Improvement (South West)

Questions about this event?

Name: Karen Mychals / Angela Metcalf


Telephone: 07730380780

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