We often say at The Disabilities Trust that ‘the people we support are at the heart of everything we do’. This means that we work in partnership with them, their families and friends, local authorities, health authorities, housing associations and other organisations to offer the best care, rehabilitation and support solutions. We are continually looking to refine our existing services and develop new ones in response to identified individual needs. This includes sharing knowledge with other industry professionals.

Katy Peters, our Partnership Development Manager attended the NHS England ‘Care together - share together 2018’ conference in York earlier this week. This event brought learnings about ways of improving the lives of people under NHS care, as well as those who are living at home or in care homes.

Guest speakers included Tommy Whitelaw from Dementia Carers Voices, Dr Crystal Oldman from Queen’s Institute of Nursing, Val Rhodes from Academic Health Science Network, Ed Russell from WCS Care Group, Peter Grace from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS foundation Trust, Robin Bush and Jane Carolan from Autism Together and a number of representatives from CQC and NHS England.

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Katy said: “It was a great opportunity to hear about how the NHS, CQC and wider health and social care sector are working to promote, provide and improve the standard of quality for patients. We heard about programmes being developed to improve continence care and falls prevention, as well as ways to address the shortage of nurses and nursing in care homes.

"A couple of speakers shared some inspiring accounts of where great care, that recognised people as individuals and not a diagnosis, made such a positive impact to their lives. There were also some great examples of where technology is being used to enhance people’s lives in different ways including the use of acoustic monitoring to improve sleep quality and wellbeing and how Skype is being used to reduce the number of unnecessary admissions to Emergency Departments.”