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ERSA Disability and Health Conference

Posted By Heather Ette, 11 May 2018

Book Now for the ERSA Disability and Health Conference

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP will be chairing the afternoon session at the ERSA Disability and Health Conference taking place on 23rd May in Birmingham. Organised by ERSA and sponsored by Leonard Cheshire, this year’s conference will bring together leaders and practitioners to discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting policy and delivery in the field of disability, health and employment support. 

The conference will explore the current national public policy landscape, share information about emerging devolved regional approaches to mental and physical health and employment, plus provide in-depth insight into key issues.  As well as high profile plenary sessions, breakouts will cover issues such as access to apprenticeships, supporting neuro-difference, veterans and disability, the role of sport in health and employment, plus workplace adaptations and mental health.

Here are some of the expert speakers involved:

  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA (chair)
  • Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire
  • Nancy Doyle, Chartered Psychologist, CEO of Genius Within CIC

Nancy worked with the BBC to create and deliver the award-winning series Employable Me

  • Graeme Whippy MBE, the Business Disability Consultant for Channel 4

View the full programme here. 

Innovation and integration - the public services landscape
With the government still committed to helping an additional one million disabled people into work, public services are increasingly focused on how to innovate and integrate to provide better employment and skills support. This session will explore two leading regional approaches and highlight new ideas to health and work. 

  • Superintendent Sean Russell, West Midlands Police Mental Health Lead and Director of Implementation for West Midlands Mental Health Commission
  •  Jenny Osborne, Strategic Lead, Health and Employment, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager - Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better

Getting on – the reality of delivering employability services 
Against an ever-changing policy and funding landscape providers are working ever harder to deliver high quality services.  This session will spotlight different ways in which leading providers operating across the spheres of mental and physical health, plus learning disability, have developed and adapted services to ensure that clients can thrive, plus learn more about government plans for Access to Work.

  • Elizabeth Armstrong, Chief Executive, Better Pathways
  • Lisa Quinlan-Rahman, Executive Director of Customer Strategy and Experience, Scope
  • Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire
  •  Dr Nicholas Gribit, Access to Work, Disability Employment and Support, Department for Work and Pensions

The conference will also feature eight interactive breakout sessions to choose from;

  • Understanding the work and health programme
  • Active body, health minds - sports and employment
  • Veterans, disability and employment
  • Adapting the workplaceThe secrets of sleep: BITC's Sleep Recovery Toolkit
  • Apprenticeships pathways - making it work for disabilities
  • Breaking the cycle - MSK support
  • Below the radar - mental health and employment

Book tickets here

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