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LDU Community 2013/14 Conference

Please click on the link below to access the presentations from the LDU Community 2013/14 Conference:



Caring for our Future: Reforming Care and Support


22nd February 2013


The LDU Community Annual Conference  was held on 22 February 2013 at the Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington. There were 103 delegates in attendance.


The theme of the day was, ‘Caring for our Future: Reforming Care and Support’


The conference was opened by Patrick Prick, Senior Manager Public Health, who provided delegates with an overview of the LDU Community Vision, Mission Statement and Purpose. He described the LDU Community Framework for supporting learning and development within the Health and Social Care Sector of Northumberland thus enabling organisations to provide care by appropriately trained and competent staff to people who use services.


Key Note Speakers on the day were:-


They spoke about the ‘Caring for our Future: Reforming Care & Support’ white paper and the impact this proposed legislation would have on Northumberland Social Care Services and also the impact on Service Users and their Carer’s within Northumberland.  Attendees commented that these sessions ‘raised awareness of local initiatives, changes to policies which could be looked at in more detail once they returned to work’.


Key Note Speaker 1:  Ed Young

Programme Manager (Workforce); Strategic Health Authority.

‘The Implications of Workforce Reforms’


Ed provided delegates with an overview of the reforms including workforce planning, education and training. He included in his speech the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health, Health Education England (HEE) and the Local Education Training Board (LETB).


He described the mission of the North East LETB of ensuring security of supply of a competent, compassionate and caring workforce to provide excellent quality of health and patient care. A Local Authority Sub-group has been set up to shape the workforce development strategy for the region which provides guidance on:-


Ed concluded his key note speech explaining the next steps for organisations by looking at the potential issues emerging from the white paper.



Key Note Speaker 2: Jane Bowie

Associate Director, Strategic Commissioning & Safeguarding; Northumberland County Council

‘Caring for our Future Reforming Care and Support, A Northumberland Perspective’


Jane provided delegates with the local themes arising from the white paper, the draft care and support bill and the implementation of the Dilnot proposals.


She described the main themes locally as being:-



Key Note Speaker 3: John Dowswell

Operational Manager, Involvement & Service Development; NorthumbriaHealthcare NHS Trust

‘The Care & Support Bill, What does it mean for people who need care

and the families who support them?’


John gave delegates an overview of the implications to Northumberland Service Users and Carers from the white paper.

Service Users:



John also described the work being undertaken by Ageing Well in Northumberland Promotion of Wellbeing and concluded by asking the audience how independent sector organisations could be involved.


Delegates were also offered a choice of 6 workshops to attend throughout the day including:-


Workshop 1: Safeguarding Adults: Current Developments in Practice and Training


Liz Mulligan (Safeguarding Adults Operational Manager)

Leigh Waller ( Training Practitioner)


This workshop provided an update to practitioners in relation to safeguarding developments within Northumberland and the support to adult social care providers to access training. Including:


Workshop 2: Josephine featuring special guest Jack


Them Wifies (Drama Based Learning Disabilities Group)


This workshop introduced delegates to the innovative learning resources for people with Learning Disabilities, which enables the exploration of a range of health and sexual health issues in a confidential and supportive environment.


Workshop 3: Dementia


Clive Richardson (Training Coordinator)


This workshop provided delegates with knowledge and understanding of dementia and identifying everyday problems service users may encounter, Clive included in his presentation an overview of some of the resources available to the sector to support organisations to ensure they have staff with the skills to care for people who have dementia.


Workshop 4: Qualification Curriculum Framework


Richard Ingham (Release Potential Training Provider)


This workshop provided an update to delegates on QCF and the implementation within Health and Social Care Settings, Richard explained that the QCF recognises learning achievements through the award of credits for units and qualifications, with each unit having a defined credit value, which can be built up to full qualifications. QCF offers learners a greater flexibility to build qualifications by enabling individuals to gather credits as they complete individual units on the way to full qualifications.


Workshop 5: End of Life


Amanda Platt (MacMillan Team)


This workshop was aimed at raising awareness of the needs a client may have and how family and carers can be supported when a person is at the end stages of life. Amanda explained the training programmes available to the Health and Social Care sector of Northumberland, including the qualifications offered by the LDU Community in partnership with the MacMillan team.


Workshop 6: Hate & Mate Crime


Tracey Horseman (Staff Development Officer)


This workshop introduced delegates to the issues relating to hate crime, Tracey described the local initiatives within Northumberland and how organisations could support service users.


Workshop 7: National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)


Janine Fish (Training Coordinator)


There was an IT suite set up for delegates to enable individual workplaces with their NMDS registration, additional support was provided by Janine and a Skills for Care representative.


All the workshops were well attended and delegates commented to staff within LDU Community how informative they found them.


There were information stands provided for delegate perusal and resource gathering including:-


The conference concluded with a brief presentation Karen Rochester, Operational Manager, LDU Community. Looking at:


Karen also thanked Northumberland Church of England Academy for supporting the LDU Community to provide a successful conference, the Key Note Speakers, Workshop Presenters, Teams/Organisations with information stands, and most importantly delegates for attending.


After collating evaluations completed on the day 90% of attendee’s said they would attend a future LDU Community Conference based on their experience of the day.


Comments made by some of the delegates who attended included:


At the end of a hugely successful conference LDU Community launched our new catalogue of training for 2013/2014 and also our brand new website.


Karen Rochester, Operational Manager, LDU Community said ‘I am delighted at the success of this conference and LDU Community and I am looking forward to hosting many more.  I have spoken to many delegates who found the event very informative.’


For a copy of the evaluation report please contact LDU Community on 01670 394425 or