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Annual Forum 

Annual Forum 2019 - Booking Now Open

Booking is now open for the QNLD 3rd Annual Forum on Thursday 2nd May 2019. It event is a great opportunity to hear some interesting talks and network with professionals working in similar contexts.

Currently confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Blair - NHS England, Consultant Nurse in Learning Disabilities, Associate Professor Learning Disabilities and Health Adviser for the British Institute for Learning Disabilities.
  • Dr Jennifer Kilcoyne - Clinical Director of the Centre for Perfect Care, Mersey Care
  • Dr Ian Barrett- Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities, Quality Improvement Specialist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Gerrard - STOMP, Northumberland Tyne-Wear NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England
  • Dr Craig Wiseman - Hertfordshire Partnership Universality NHS Foundation Trust

There are more speakers to be announced in the coming weeks but you can sign up now by completing this online booking form.


The Quality Network and Accreditation for Inpatient Learning Disability Services held its second Annual Forum on 4th May 2017, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' headquarters in Prescot Street. The day was attended by professionals, patients and family and friends who discussed key service development issues relevant to inpatient learning disability services.

Attendees heard presentations on a variety of subjects. The organisations who spoke and some of their presentations are available below:

Programme (pdf)

Towards Independence and Wellbeing (pdf) - Share

The Development of a Sports Coordinator Role within Inpatient Learning Disability Services (pdf) - Jonathan Whitwell, Danshell Healthcare

Trauma-focused treatment and support for Individuals who have experienced sexual violence or abuse (pdf) - Dr Richard Curen, Respond

Our Journey Towards QNLD Accreditation (pdf) - Angela Southern & Amanda Perrin, Greenways ATU

What is Love? - Heart and Soul

Connecting With People

QNLD Newsletter

QNLD publishes a biannual newsletter which contains the latest news on the project, as well as contributions from our member services about the work they have been doing.

The project team are always looking for submissions for the next edition so if you have a project or innovation you would like to tell us about, or a piece of artwork created by your service users you want to share, please get in contact with us on 

A new network! 

The CCQI is currently working on a new set of standards which will form the basis of a new quality network for community learning disability services. In light of the Transforming Care agenda and the move away from inpatient treatment, towards better community services we feel this is a timely and important development to keep our work relevant to the services we support.

The new service will be called the Quality Network for Community Learning Disability Services (QNCLD). To register your interest in finding out more contact

Special interest day 

QNLD is planning to hold a special interest day in Autumn 2019. This will be an opportunity to focus on an important aspect of care for people with learning disabilities.

There will be more news on this soon. 

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