National Advocacy Conference 2021

 Programme - Mon 1st November

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9.30 - 10.30      Are we masters of our own destiny?  Reflections on the past 18 months.  Kate Mercer

Join Kate to reflect on the impact of the last 18 months and explore the legacy of Covid.  The world has changed and recovering from Covid does not mean returning to how we did things before the pandemic.  For advocacy services and advocates to have the impact we want to have, we must adapt, grow and change in order to thrive.  

11.00 - 12.00   The Power of Participation - young people making change Birminghams Children's Trust

BCT’s young people’s participation groups have made huge high-level changes to practice and policy both within the Trust and with external partners, leading to major improvements to lived experiences.  Learn how we made this happen and how you can do the same.

12.30 - 1.30   Using the Court of Protection to explore and progress discharges for those in mental health in-patient units Kirsty Stuart Irwin Mitchell

It has often been the case that due to several factors, such as failures in discharge planning, lack of co-ordinated services or lack of suitable provision in the community, those people with a learning disability or autistic people end up ‘stuck’ or ‘ready for discharge’ but with no care package in place for far longer than is necessary. In this talk, Kirsty Stuart will explore how, when and why the Court of Protection could be used as a route to help these individuals to progress towards discharge and get back into their own homes sooner and what the pitfalls may be along the way.

2.00 - 3.00  Advocacy in health funded processes, Kate Mercer

People drawing on health funded processes often miss out on accessing independent advocacy as its often not clear when they can have an advocate and   Independent advocates are not always clear about the processes themselves. In this session Kate will cover the key health funded processes people might want an advocate, before explaining ways to arranged Independent Advocacy.

3.30 - 4.30  It’s not rocket science. Understanding the impact of environment of restricted settings on autistic people. Jill Corbyn NDTi

Within this session, Jill will offer a brief introduction to autism as a sensory and social processing difference. We will highlight key things to consider and adjustments to make in inpatient settings and suggest top tips for your meetings and communication with autistic people.