About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Nov 2018 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

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

Co-Director, Learning Disabilities Observatory Team, Public Health England

Professor Michael Brown

Queen's University Belfast


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

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

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

Intellectual disability, capacity to consent to sex and the law

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

Tea and coffee break
Men with intellectual disability who self-harm

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

Gender dysphoria and intellectual disabilities: Challenging perceptions and changing lives

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

Discussion and action points

Dr Martin Bollard

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

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

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

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

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

Discussion and action points

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

Close of meeting, tea and coffee and networking


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom