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The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice 

KSS Conference image


The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice (KSS LD CoP) was developed from Kent and Medway Learning Disability Community of Practice. Pictured above is the launch conference in June 2016.. 

The CoP is a group set up by local people who care about people with learning disabilities experiencing good health and wellbeing, and good health services.

The origins of this venture were spearheaded by Canterbury Christchurch University, East Kent Hospitals Universities NHS Foundation Trust  and the English Centre for Practice Development with support from local statutory and third sector organisations. This group has now grown to include many others that now play a crucial role in the sustainable development of the KSSLDCoP as it moves forward.

During 2016 the community of practice became a fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) .

In March 2017 BILD was commissioned by Health Education England to support the community's development and sustainability for the longer term.

Community Aims

The Community of Practice works toward the eradication of health inequalities by supporting carers, care workers and all professionals to:

  • be person centred
  • provide the best quality care and support
  • improve equality and access


In June 2013 an event including 60 local people identified what the Community of Practice was for. There are two versions of the Community of Practice Purpose, click on the pictures below for your preferred version.


The purpose has been reviewed and new volunteers have joined the Community of Practice Steering group.

Call for papers for 2018 conference


The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community of Practice annual conference is on 21 June, 9am to 4pm in the Charis Centre, Crawley. The theme for the day will be: Sustaining Our Community.

The Community of Practice is looking for local people from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to present local good practice initiatives and to share their work at the Conference in a workshop or by producing a poster.

If you are interested in doing this please download the fillable form below and return it to l.howells@bild.org.uk 

The closing date is 11 May. 

Download here >



Find out more

If you would like to know more about the The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice, please contact Tom Evans t.evans@bild.org.uk 

To join the community's mailing list, use the 'sign on' facility on the blog page >

kssldcop website

Visit the KSS LD CoP blog page for the latest from the Community, here >

kssldcop twitter

Follow the Community on Twitter >