Andrea Sutcliffe, the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), will be the keynote speaker at an inaugural learning disability conference hosted by CMG. The event on Saturday 14th March which runs from 10.30am to 4pm at the Imber Sports Club in East Molesey, will provide advice and support aimed at helping relatives and friends of people living with learning disabilities.
It will give people the chance to come together to discuss developments in the care sector, listen to talks from key people, and share experiences with other families who are in similar situations.
The Family Conference will begin with talks from Andrea Sutcliffe who will speak about how care services are inspected, and Vivien Cooper, the founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF). Vivien has a son with severe learning disabilities and set up the CBF in 1997 to provide support to other people in similar situations.
In the afternoon, people will be able to attend workshops on topics such as promoting positive coping skills and reducing challenging behaviour, how best to support people who are on the autistic spectrum and working with the Mental Capacity Act, which governs the decisions adults with severe learning disabilities are able to take.
There will also be a performance from The Brelade Players, a sketch comedy group formed by people who are cared for by CMG.
CMG is a leading provider of care for people living with learning disabilities. The Families Conference is a further demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to working with the families of the individuals it supports – in 2014, CMG appointed its first Relative Liaison Officer to ensure open and effective communication between families and carers.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG, said: “We understand how important it is to work with families when it comes to caring for people with learning disabilities. We all want exactly the same thing – for their sons, daughters, friends and loved ones to live happy and fulfilled lives. “The day will give families the chance to come together to discuss the latest developments in learning disability care and meet other parents, relatives and friends in the area who are in similar situations.”
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, said: “I am really looking forward to CMG’s Family Conference so I can share the work CQC is doing to ensure people with a learning disability have their needs met, dignity respected and personal wishes recognised. “It promises to be an interesting, informative and I hope enjoyable day for everyone.”
Vivien Cooper, Founder of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said: “Families are important partners in the support and care of their loved ones and it is essential that providers acknowledge, engage and value their experience and contribution”