About this event

  • Date and time Tue 23 May 2023 from 9:30am to 4:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Intellectual Disability

People with intellectual disabilities have a higher rate of ill health, and evidence continues to show that these patients experience worse outcomes, despite efforts to reduce inequalities.

This event will update you on the common physical health conditions found in those with intellectual disabilities and how these conditions can be managed. We will also be discussing the new service developments and innovations in the delivery of care.

By attending, you will:

  • Understand the presentation and management of common physical health conditions in people with learning disabilities
  • Appreciate the impact of physical ill-health and accessing healthcare as a person with a learning disability
  • Learn about how health services can meet the physical health needs of people with learning disabilities and work towards reducing health inequalities 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Session 1

Chair: Dr Rory Sheehan, Senior Clinical Lecturer, King’s College London

Opening remarks and Ian’s story

Welcome, opening remarks and schedule, Ian Rogers, Expert by Experience

Updates in management of constipation

Vasileios Voulgaropoulos, Principal Clinical Pharmacist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dysphagia assessment, diagnosis and management in intellectual disability

Ms Holly Marler, Advanced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Broadland Clinic, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion and questions
Comfort break
Improving access to eye care services

Stephen Kill, National Eye Care Service and Manager and Grace McGill, Expert by Experience, Learning Disabilities and Sight Loss

Learning from LeDeR

Mr Adam White, Research Manager, King’s College London

Panel discussion and questions
Lunch break

Session 2

Chair: Ms Verity Chester, Research Associate, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Trust

Enabling access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities: An overview of the evidence

Professor Michael Brown, Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Acute paediatric presentations in children with LD - overcoming diagnostic overshadowing

Dr Aisling O’Sullivan, Junior Clinical Fellow in Paediatrics and Dr Saji Alexander, Consultant Paediatrician, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Comfort break
Pain Experience and Management in People with Intellectual Disability

Ms Verity Chester, Research Associate and RADiANT Network Manager

How are mental health services addressing physical health issues in people with a learning disability

Dr Indermeet Sawhney, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair of the Faculty of Intellectual Disability, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Panel discussion
Close of day



Registration for this event will close at 08:30 am on Tuesday 23 May 2023

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM's discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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