Gender, health and safeguarding: Challenges in intellectual disability


Tuesday 20 November 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Intellectual Disability Forum


5 CPD Points

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about this event

Join us as we extend awareness and educate attendees on some of the most sensitive and complex issues within the intellectual disability field.

We've pulled together an extensive range of experts to tackle and provide authoritative comment on a set of complex and sensitive issues related to gender, health safeguarding and intellectual disability.

Self-harm, safety issues, trans identities and behavioural difficulties are all modern day pervasive terms. However, how men and women with intellectual disability are clinically supported to deal with challenges associated with such conditions within both health and social care settings, is often overlooked. 

Distinct services, such as gender incongruence for those with intellectual disability will be amongst the key presentations provided. The predominant underpinning theme and main context for the event is safeguarding.

Speakers will share their expertise highlighting both research and practical suggestions as to how to clinically manage this complex topic. 

Key Speakers

Professor Gyles Glover 
Professor Michael Brown 

What topics will be covered?

Sexuality, self-harm, gender identity, intellectual disability and associated safety issues.

Who can attend?

This meeting is open to anybody in the field of health, but if you work in the mental health, forensic medicine and intellectual disability health or social care settings, this event will benefit your clinical practice.



9.15 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.45 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Martin Bollard, President, Intellectual Disability Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

10.00 am

Sexuality and people with intellectual disabilities: An overview of the research evidence

Dr Michael Brown, Professor, Queen's University Belfast and Dr Edward McCann, Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

10.30 am

Intellectual disability, capacity to consent to sex and the law

Dr Sanjay Nelson, Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Shakeel Islam, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability, Luton and Bedfordshire Services for People with Learning Disabilities

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

11.15 am

Men with intellectual disability who self-harm

Dr Rebecca Fish, Lecturer, Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University

11.45 am

Gender dysphoria and intellectual disabilities: Challenging perceptions and changing lives

Dr Ruth Bevan, Consultant in Gender Dysphoria, Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service

12.15 pm

Discussion and action points

Dr Martin Bollard

12.55 pm


1.45 pm

Physical health and safeguarding needs of men and women with intellectual disability: A public health perspective

Professor Gyles Glover Co-Director, Learning Disabilities Observatory Team, Public Health England

2.15 pm

Supporting Individuals with an intellectual disability and or autism to both express their sexuality and to be safe: Practical issues and examples

Mr Simon Jones, Nurse Consultant, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Ms Aimee Skinner, Safeguarding Adults Practitioner, Registered Nurses Learning Disabilities, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

2.45 pm

Safeguarding and challenging behaviour: Towards a shared multi-disciplinary approach

Mr Jonathan Beebee, Chief Enablement Officer and Nurse Consultant, PBS4

3.15 pm

MyHealth: Co-creating health information for men with intellectual disability

Dr Martin Bollard, Associate Head of School, Principal Lecturer, Coventry University and Mr Paul Magee, Senior Product Designer, Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course

3.45 pm

Discussion and action points

Dr Rory Sheehan, Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Psychiatry, University College London

4.25 pm

Close of meeting, tea and coffee and networking

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