About this event

  • Date and time Tue 25 May 2021 from 9:30am to 4:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

This webinar seeks to raise awareness of the physical health needs of people with intellectual disability as well as explore key determinants of health inequities. This is an opportunity to review new ideas and initiatives that aim to improve the quality of healthcare for this group.

Join us to hear from a multidisciplinary expert panel as they review major physical health conditions that people with intellectual disability experience. Participants will be able to reflect on causes of health inequities, including those exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll also hear about the latest research in the field as well as practical, service-level interventions that can improve the care that people with intellectual disability receive.

During this session, interact with our experts in a panel discussion with plenty of opportunities to ask them questions and ensure that you gain a rich learning experience from this webinar.

Please note, Baroness Sheila Hollins's talk on the 'importance of topic/equity/political landscape/vision' will be pre-recorded.

Learning objectives for this webinar includes:

  • Describe some of the common co-occurring health conditions that people with intellectual disability experience
  • Understand the source of health inequities and the current care landscape for people with intellectual disability
  • Explore key concepts relevant to the lives and health of people with a learning disability including frailty and polypharmacy
  • Review real-world practice innovations that have been established to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability and understand the value of co-production in developing effective services

The RSM Intellectual Disability Forum is generously offering 5 free places to students only. To claim your place, please email us at intellectualdisability@rsm.ac.uk using your institutional email address.

This webinar will be relevant for general practitioners, psychiatrists, neurologists, elderly care physicians/gerontologists, pharmacists, nurses, social care providers, and anyone with an interest in improving healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.

A CPD certificate with 5 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Professor Regi Alexander, President, Intellectual Disability Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: Current perspectives

Chair: Dr Kamalika Mukherji, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust

Why and how to address the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Crossbench Peer, House of Lords

Impact of Covid-19 and Intellectual Disability

Professor Umesh Chauhan, General Practice, Professor Primary Care, University of Central Lancashire

A view from primary care

Dr Silvana Unigwe, General Practitioner with a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Patient/carer experience

Yvonne Newbold, Writer, Speaker, Trainer, Expert by Experience

Comfort break
Feeding and nutrition issues

Briony Caffrey, Highly Specialist Learning Disabilities Dietitian Dietetic Clinical Lead for Learning, Disabilities in Cornwall, Professional Development Officer for Learning DisabilitiesBritish Dietetic Association, Learning Disability Professional Senate member

Physical health issues for older adults with an intellectual disability: Evidence form the intellectual disability supplement to the Irish longitudinal study on ageing (IDS TILDA)

Professor Mary McCarron, Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin

Panel discussion
Lunch break and Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting for RSM Intellectual Disability Forum members only

Session two: Future directions and practice innovations

Chair: Dr Rory Sheehan, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxleas NHS Trust and Senior Clinical Lecturer, King’s College London

LD physician : An innovative way of thinking about physical health in people with intellectual/learning disabilities

Chair: Dr Ken Courtenay, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability, Dr Charly Annesey, Consultant Physician and Dr Kirsten Lamb, Chair of RCGP special interest group for learning disability

Intellectual disability and frailty

Professor Kenneth Rockwood, Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology, Professor Kathryn Allen Weldon, Professor of Alzheimer Research, Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada


The purple star programme for primary care accreditation

Hilary Gardener, Strategic Liaison Nurse, Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Gavin Howcroft, Expert by Experience, Hertfordshire County Council

Risks stratification for premature mortality in people with intellectual disability: ensuring equity of outcomes

Professor Sujeet Jaydeokar, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Clinical Director, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Centre for Autism Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability (CANDDID), Visiting Professor and clinical programme lead, University of Chester Medical School 

Closing remarks

Professor Regi Alexander



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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. 

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