H&SA 2015 Annual Conference

Rising to the Challenge

Independent Living and People with Learning Disabilities

Manchester, 19th November 2015

Our Speakers & Agenda:

Please click below to download our conference agenda:

Conference Agenda.pdf


 Opening Session

Gary Bourlet

Gary is the co-founder of People First England. Gary is active nationally in speaking up about the rights of people with learning disabilities and is currently trying to strengthen People First England to become an effective movement for change
Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell is a columnist and campaigner who writes regularly in the national press including the Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail & Independent. Ian has a particular interest in the lives of disabled people and their families and how the NHS impacts on them. He has a daughter, Iona, who has profound and multiple disabilities and he brings this experience to much of his writing. Ian is the co-founder of Africa Express, an initiative to bring together African and Western musicians. He was also the deputy editor of the Independent for several years and was speechwriter to David Cameron during the last general election.
 10.15  The Challenge Session
Dr.Sara Ryan

Sara's speech:
Sara is Senior Research Lead at Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford. Sara’s  research interests are around disability (particularly learning disability  and autism), qualitative research and health experiences. She is also interested in exploring ways of including  people who are 'seldom heard' in research. Sara’s son, Connor died a preventable death in an Assessment and Treatment Unit and much of her time is spent campaigning for justice.

Sara Ryan.pdf

Siraaj Nadat

Siraaj's presentation:

Siraaj is an experienced and determined team member and aspirational role model, who has recently been promoted to a senior role. He is known nationally as a knowledgeable leader who champions the rights of disabled people not only in a work capacity, but also as a natural part of his day-to-day life. Siraaj’s passion for his work together with his wicked sense of humour make him a gifted and inspirational speaker – he regularly leads presentations at conferences, and is skilled at challenging the audience’s perception of disability.

Siraaj has worked as part for the Confidential Enquiry into the Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities, has represented the West Midlands on the National Forum for People with Learning Difficulties and has sat on the Advisory Group for Healthwatch England. He is an experienced facilitator and currently facilitates the iHal Advisory Group, which brings together self-advocates with learning disabilities and family carers from around the country.   He plays a leading role in the Quality of Life audit programme and Siraaj recently helped develop ‘Rights for All’, a leadership programme for young disabled people from BME communities. This programme was the first of its kind in the UK.

H_and_SA Siraaj Nadat.pdf
Sally Warren

Sally Warren is Paradigm’s Managing Director and the driving force behind the ‘Ensuring an Ordinary Life for All’ national network. Most recently Sally has co-authored the Reach Standards and launched Reach…Support for living an ordinary life.

Laura Broughton

Paradigm presentation:
Laura Broughton, works as an associate for Paradigm, an “expert by experience” with Choice Support and for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since 2010. In her work, Laura contributes to inspections to learning disability service, age-related or mental health support. Laura is also a Quality Checker and Trainer for Choice Support. Some of the workshops she delivers are Speaking Up, Advocacy, Quality Checking.

Laura has studied arts at City and Guilds of London Art School and Princess Drawing School and she has an impressive portfolio of art-work and exhibitions ranging over a decade. In 2012 Laura was a Games maker for London 2012 at the aquatic centre (she loves swimming). In her free time, Laura likes swimming and over the last 4 years she took part in the Swimathon raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care

H_and_SA Paradigm.pdf
 10.55 Providers & Commissioners Rising to the Challenge
Tom Noon

Tom's presentation

Although Tom is the Chairman of Cordis Bright he spends most of his time working on consultancy projects mainly with larger provider organisations. His work is strongly focused on business development and, in particular, mergers and acquisitions, market intelligence and strategic planning. Tom has been working long-term with a range of clients providing ongoing insight and support to assist them in achieving the strategic and operational goals they have set.

As a commentator Tom has been instrumental in the development of the Cordis Briefing which has provided challenging and insightful commentary on the development of social care and supported housing for over fifteen years

Tom Noon.pdf

 Tea / Coffee beak

 11.40  Rights are more important now than ever
Stephen Broach

Steve's presentation

Steve practices across the broad spectrum of public law. His practice has two main focal areas. Firstly, Steve has particular interest and expertise in the rights of children (in particular disabled children) and disabled adults and others in need of services and support. Steve acts mainly for individual claimants in judicial review claims and a wide range of parties in Court of Protection proceedings. He also advises and represents a number of NGOs and public bodies. Secondly, Steve regularly acts for professionals in appeals and challenges to regulatory decision-making, particularly police disclosure decisions in the context of Enhanced Criminal Records Certificates and barring decisions under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

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 11.55  Can we afford for people with learning disabilities to live independently?
Prof Chris Hatton

Chris's presentation:

Chris is an academic at the Centre for Disability Centre at Lancaster University, and also the Co-Director of Improving Health and Lives run by Public Health England. For over 20 years Chris has been working to document the inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and their families, and to evaluate better ways to support people.

H_and_SA Chris Hatton.pdf
 12.10 Question  time
Ian Birrell (Chair)
Chris Hatton
Laura Broughton
Sara Ryan
Steve Broach
Tom Noon



 2.00 Parallel Seminars

Parallel Seminars

 Conference Wrap up
Alicia Wood

Alicia has worked with H&SA since its foundation as Housing Options in 1996. She became CEO of H&SA in 2012.  She led on the national housing delivery plan for people with learning disabilities, working with the DoH, Cabinet Office and Department for Communities and Local Government. She has also led national development programmes for In Control, Paradigm and the NDTi, working on housing, community development and personalisation. 


 4.30 Conference Film
Tim Keilty
Tim has worked with people with a learning disability for 20 years, as a support worker in a village community, as a supporter to a People First group, an advocate, as a Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator and now as a Special Projects Manager. Tim has recently joined New Prospects Association based in North Tyneside.
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