About this event

  • Date and time Thu 30 Apr 2020 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

This webinar aims to promote understanding of ethical issues and treatment guidelines for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with the suspected COVID-19 infection.

There are 1.2 million people with an intellectual disability in the UK today. They have physical and mental health morbidities at a higher rate than the general population. For every 1 person in the general population who die of an avoidable cause, 3 people from this group do. The COVID-19 pandemic raises justifiable anxieties about this situation and is getting even worse.

Experts will address some of the key issues in this area- from parental concerns and ethical issues to specific treatment guidance. The topics discussed will aid in the effort to secure equity of access and outcomes for a vulnerable population.

Learning objectives include:

  • To know key ethical issues on physical healthcare for vulnerable groups
  • To know common concerns of patients and families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • To know a summary of treatment guidance for these groups

This webinar is ideal for GPs, Psychiatrists, Hospital doctors in all specialties especially A&E, General Medicine and Intensive Care, Parents, Service Users, Social care providers and professionals.

Chaired by Martin Bollard, President of the RSM Intellectual Disability Section, there will also be a panel discussion as well as the opportunity for the audience to ask questions to our speakers.

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All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times. 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Key speakers

Baroness Sheila Hollins

Emeritus Professor, St George's University of London, Founder, Chair and Editor of the Books Beyond Words series, Expert by Experience

Professor Regi Alexander

Editor, Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, Associate Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Silvana Unigwe

General Practitioner, Head of Doctors, Helen Bamber Foundation, Clinical Adviser, Royal College of General Practitioners Autism

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

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

Healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities- Ethical issues and key concerns

Baroness Sheila Hollins, Emeritus Professor, St George's University of London, Founder, Chair and Editor of the Books Beyond Words series, Expert by Experience

Treatment guidance for people with developmental disabilities and suspected COVID-19

Professor Regi Tharian Alexander, Editor, Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, Associate Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

A view from primary care

Dr Silvana Unigwe, General Practitioner, Head of Doctors, Helen Bamber Foundation, Clinical Adviser, Royal College of General Practitioners Autism

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Location

Online