Events and Conferences

Event: Accessing the City: Rethinking Toilet Architecture

This is a free event but please reserve a place here

This is a public open event marking the conclusion of ‘Servicing Utopia’, a four-month research collaboration  between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy and University of Leeds with planners, architects and designers exploring and rethinking accessible toilet architecture. ‘Servicing Utopia’ interrogates what utopia in the 21st century might mean, in the context of architecture and design, for different people and communities. The project starts from the position that adequate toilet provision enables all people to access and participate fully in public and civic life.

The event will open with a panel of speakers, including Sheffield Civic Trust members, planners and architects, on the topic ‘Design Opportunities and Challenges When Thinking About Access’. This will be followed by a launch of the digital Toilet Toolkit, a key output of the project which has been developed in collaboration with Live Works at the University of Sheffield. There will be opportunities for audience members to trial the tookit and provide feedback and critical input. Wine reception and refreshments to follow.

The final Toolkit will be launched 24th – 26th June 2016 at the Utopia Fair, Somerset House, London.

Access information

  • More information on getting to the venue here:
  • A wine reception and refreshments will begin at 5 pm
  • Tea, coffee, juice and water will be provided throughout the event
  • There is step-free access to the building and the exhibition space, which is on the ground floor
  • There is access to a disabled toilet
  • A quiet cafe space, next to the exhibition space, can be accessed throughout the event
  • We want to make this event as accessible as possible. Please let us know if you have any more access questions or requirements.


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Wednesday, 8 June 2016 from 15:00 to 18:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
The Art House – 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ – View Map

Westminster Health Forum – Improving care for people with learning disabilities (May, 2016: London, UK)

Seminar Title: Improving Care for People With Learning Disabilities – Commissioning, Regulation And Reducing Hospital Admissions

Date: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Place: Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

 **This event is CPD certified**

 Guest of Honour: Dr Dominic Slowie, National Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities, NHS England and Chair, North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network

This timely seminar will provide an opportunity to assess future policy priorities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism across health and social care. Delegates will consider key issues outlined in NHS England, ADASS and the LGA’s Building the Right Support plan, which aims to reduce the reliance on inpatient care, establish a new service model by 2019 and create joined-up Transforming Care Partnerships for health and social care commissioners locally. Further sessions focus on plans outlined in the Department of Health response to the No Voice Unheard, No Right Ignored consultation, which included proposals for a named social worker and potential amendments to regulations in the Mental Health Act 1983. The agenda also looks at next steps for developing the workforce, and challenges for integrating and personalising care for people with learning disabilities through the use of personal budgets and the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme.

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Westminster Education Forum on ‘Policy Priorities for SEND (Nov, 2016: London, UK)

Title: Policy priorities for SEND – implementing local area inspections, raising educational outcomes and extending support for families

Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Place: Central London, UK

**This Event is CPD Certified**

Description: Bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers from across the education sector, this seminar will consider policy priorities for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Planned sessions will also look at measures to improve the educational attainment of children with SEND, including government’s new review into assessment of pupils with lower attainment – expected to be published at the beginning of 2016 – which follows evidence cited by the Department for Education that 50,000 pupils currently fall below the standard required to take national curriculum tests, including many with SEND. Delegates will also assess the implementation and progress to date of the SEND Code of Practice – two years on from its introduction – including the impact of the Local Offer, Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and personal budgets, which aim to give children and families more choice and control over the kinds of support they receive.

At this early stage, we are delighted that Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, nasen has agreed to be a Guest of Honour at this seminar. Nigel Thompson, Head of Children and Health & Justice, CQC; Janet Thompson, Deputy Chair, Rochford Review and Headteacher, Dorothy Goodman School, Leicestershire and a senior speaker confirmed from SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training), Institute of Education, University College London has also agreed to deliver a keynote speech. Matthew Ellis, Associate Director, South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England; Simon Knight, Deputy Headteacher, Frank Wise School, Oxfordshire; Laxmi Patel, Solicitor and Head of Education, Boyes Turner and Julie Stockdale, Head of Schools & Commissioning, Surrey County Council have also agreed to speak.

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