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Speakers at BILD Conference 2012



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Bernadette Hanney

National Project Lead in Learning Disability, Care Quality Commission

After a career in nursing and general management in the NHS, Bernadette moved into regulation. Initially focusing on the NHS but over the years with changes and mergers of regulators this expanded to independent healthcare and more recently with the formation of the Care Quality Commission now also includes adult social care.

Bernadette spent the last half of 2011 and the first of 2012  leading the inspection programme of 150 inspections of services for people with learning disabilities which was published in June 2012. The learning curve was huge, the experience motivating and exciting with the findings showing a very mixed picture.

She is now the quality manager at the Care Quality Commission





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Jim Blair

Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities, St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust

Jim, a registered learning disability nurse and social worker, is Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities at St.George’s Hospital in London and Senior Lecturer Learning Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London.

Jim advocates for the health rights of people with learning disabilities through his clinical work, researching, publishing papers, presenting at national and international events and leading and setting up different award winning innovative projects and multidisciplinary groups to improve the health of people with learning disabilities and their families.

Jim is Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain www.sogb.org.uk  He is involved in working with leading sporting bodies in improving the lives and well being of people with learning disabilities. Jim has also worked with the Department of Health, the General Medical Council, Nursing Midwifery Council, various Royal Colleges, Mencap and the British Heart Foundation to improve the practice of professionals when working with people with learning disabilities.

Between 2006 and 2009 Jim was president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s council for the Forum on Intellectual Disability. Jim is on the Advisory Committee for NHS Evidence, a member of the learning disability inspection review advisory panel at the Care Quality Commission, an associate clinical adviser to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman, an expert panel member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Nurse Ambassador for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. He has also been a committee member of the Learning Disability Forum at the Royal College of Nursing and is on the editorial board of www.intellectualdisability.info





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Duncan Mitchell

Professor of Health and Disability, Manchester Metropolitan University, Editor of British Journal of Learning Disabilities




Duncan Mitchell is Professor of Health and Disability at Manchester Metropolitan University and editor of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Duncan is Chair of the Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society, and a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing.

Duncan is on the Editorial Board of Learning Disability Practice, the International Advisory Board, of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, the International Advisory Board of Nurse Education in Practice. He was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Open University, 2004-5.

The June 2012 edition of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities (Vol 40, No. 2) is a special issue - and something of a milestone - that highlights the research and work of learning disabled people with their allies and supporters.

This edition is availble free to read online (courtesy of Wiley Online).







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Haley Goleniowska

Author of the blog, www.downssideup.com




Haley is a former language teacher, TA and voice-over artist, a busy homemaker, wife of a supportive husband and Mum of 2 beautiful girls. I love nothing more than pottering around with our chickens or amongst the veg beds. I love people, travel, cooking from scratch and a glass of good wine.

But I am also an expert in Down's Syndrome. I was thrown onto a crash degree course in the subject 5 years ago when our youngest child was born...

My mission is now to inspire new parents, show the world that most things are possible for our children, and that Down's Syndrome truly is wonderful.