Speaker: Jim Blair, Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities at St.George’s Hospital in London and Senior Lecturer Learning Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London
Location: Room AG04, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB
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Improving the NHS experiences of people with learning disabilities
Jim Blair's talk will highlight the issues, problems and solutions to the care of people with a learning disability in hospital. He will discuss the political and policy context in the past few years. He will also discuss the solutions - hospital passports and how they save lives, making reasonable adjustments, involving local people, with and without learning disabilities, in their hospital and how improvements that are often small can lead to large significant changes. Live experiences will be drawn upon from direct feedback from patients and relatives in a dynamic session.
Jim advocates for the health rights of people with learning disabilities through his clinical work, researching, publishing papers, presenting at national and international events and leading and setting up award winning innovative projects and multidisciplinary groups to improve the health of people with learning disabilities and their families.
Jim is Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain www.sogb.org.uk Jim has worked with many organisations including the Department of Health, the General Medical Council and the Nursing Midwifery Council to improve the practice of professionals when working with people with learning disabilities. Jim is on the Advisory Committee for NHS Evidence, an expert adviser to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman, an expert panel member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Nurse Ambassador for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, and is on the editorial board of www.intellectualdisability.info
Recent publications include:
Blair.J & Mansell, I (2011) This has to stop (article about the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View), Nursing Standard, 25, 43, 24-25;
Blair.J, (2010) 'Service Quality' in Talbolt.P, Astbury.G & Mason.T (2010) 'Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities, Sage, 219-224;
Blair.J, Glaysher.K, & Cooper S (2010) Passport to Health, Learning Disability Today, 28-30 January. Available at www.intellectualdisability.info