Hope you had a good Summer despite the challenging weather!
At the start of a new academic year, it would be fitting that this month has seen us carry out lots of learning disability awareness training with over 80 students in total, with lots more planned over the next few months throughout Welsh universities. We have spoken with second year mental health and adult nursing students at Cardiff University, alongside the acute learning disability liaison team from University Hospital Wales; we had a great online session sharing Paul’s Story with Bangor University nursing students, and finally we carried out Learning Disability Champion Training alongside Dr Stacey Rees with a group of first year midwifery students at the University of South Wales, in Pontypridd. We have three more training sessions booked for next month already!
We are always very grateful to be invited by the universities to speak with their students as it is such a privilege to speak with healthcare professionals at the beginning of their careers. Learning disability awareness training really can make ALL the difference.
The rest of the month has been taken up with booking a great venue and starting to organise the next healthcare roadshow in North Wales. We have chosen the Conwy Business Centre in Llandudno Junction, which sounds perfect! The event will take place on Tuesday November 7th from 10.30am-3.30pm in the Geirionydd Hall. Already confirmed to attend are the acute and primary care teams from Betsi Cadwaldr UHB, Mencap Cymru, Welsh Ambulance and Macmillan nurses. If you would like to find out more about it please do email us for more information, or if you are able to share this with anyone or any groups you think might benefit from attending then we would be most grateful. We have produced a poster to advertise the event, so if you would like a copy please do come back to us and we can forward it to you. If you know of any professionals who would like to attend then please do feel free to share. One unexpected outcome from our events has been the amazing opportunities for networking amongst the healthcare professionals attending, with one person saying our events are unique as there are so many different people and groups attending