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Sexuality Relationships and Human Rights for People with Learning Disabilities

 

Course information:

This course looks at the Human Rights Act, The Equality Act and Mental Capacity Act in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities with relationships and the law, and will include support around people who are Gay, Lesbian or Transgender. Participants will explore the Law and how it how it effects their working relationship with people in care and support and will explore, through the medium of real life case studies, critical decision-making in supporting people with their human rights with regards to relationships, and sexuality balanced with Adult safeguarding issues and concerns.

Designed for and with Shropshire Joint Training Team we are confident this is a course that will resolve many issues for people working in social and health care support in this area.

Who should attend?

Support workers, home managers, ROVI’s, Learning disability nurses, social workers working with people who have learning disabilities and other related professionals

Course Deliver:

Will be by a series of presentations and some group work

Trainer

Mark Gray is a learning disability nurse specialising in complex needs, particularly sensory loss.

Mark has worked extensively with a wide client group of people with complex needs including people with dementia, Deafblindness and multiple disabilities. Prior to running Mark Gray Associates, Mark was head of regional services for Deafblind UK and the national training research and development officer for the RNIB in Multiple Disability.

When Mark is not training, Mark Gray Associates supports a wide range of disabled people and their Personal Assistants who use continuing health care budgets and self-directed support to receive services in their own homes.

Cost

  • Available in-house for 20 people at a cost of £800 +VAT for 20 people
  • or as an external course at £100 +VAT

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MGA Events

We’ve added a brand new Events section to the website to make searching for and booking your place on our external workshops and conferences even easier.

View Mark Gray Associates events and conferences here.

Or go straight to an event by clicking the links below:

A these external workshops are only £100+VAT and places are going fast so book your place today.

For more information email Mark: Mark@markgrayassociates.co.uk

News Update April 2012

Mark Gray Associates are proud to be organising the National Network for Learning Disability Nursing (NNLDN) CPD event at Hertfordshire University on Monday 2nd July 2012.

Speakers include Hazel Powell (UK CNO Group) “The future of Learning Disability Nursing Report”

Debra Moore “Lessons from Winterbourne Implications For LD Nursing”

“Outcomes for Learning Disability Nursing” Gwen Moulster and Hebron Crispin (DH)

The Fiona Law Student Awards 2012 and a presentation from last year’s winners on the Launch of the Learning Disability Nursing website and Social media platforms

The Launch of the Positive Choices “Preceptorship Programme” (Helen Laverty Nottingham University)

The NNLDN AGM

There will also be a wide range of Exhibitions and stands

To book your places contact mark@markgrayassociates.co.uk now or download an ANNUAL Continuing Practice Development Day Booking form

Prices are £100 for delegates, £50 Student Nurse, £200 Exhibitor Pass & stand (Charity) and £500 Exhibitor Stand and delegate pass.

External Courses programme 2012

Places are still available on all our courses running from April to December at £100 per delegate these courses offer great value and CPD In Learning disabilities, Sight Loss and Human Rights.

News Update March 2012

Web site Launch a great success now you can find us on Twitter & Facebook

The website has had a makeover this year we hope you like it please comment on your thoughts about how easy was it for you to find things and the overall look.

We will be uploading videos shortly from our customers so you can see and hear what they think of our first class services

You can also follow us on Twitter or via our facebook page www.facebook.com/markgrayassociatesltd or deal with myself direct on Linked in.

Lighting courses

The Pocklington Lighting courses are proving to be very popular you can still book us to run a course in house for 20 people at your local venue for details visit this page. The course has been fully updated to cover LED lighting.

Or you can attend one of these external training events for £100 + VAT

Conferences

Mark Gray Associates will be involved in several conferences this year the National Network of learning Disability Nursing conference will be at the University of Hertfordshire on the 2nd July 2012
Cost £140 per delegate for details contact mark@markgrayassociates.co.uk

Speakers include Hazel Powell CNO report into the future of LD nursing, CQC, nurses role in Safeguarding, UK safeguarding panel, Clinical Supervision and CPD in Non NHS settings there will also be a third year student job fair.

Catch us at the Association of Retirement Home Managers conference in Warwick on 26th and 27th of June Contact dorothy@arhm.org for details

External Courses (Wednesday workshops 2012)

18th April Nottingham and 12th September London
A one day workshop on Supporting People with Dementia and Sight Loss £100 +VAT

Also running in Wiltshire 3rd July in Devizes and 5th December Salisbury Contact Claire.gaines@wiltshire.gov.uk


16
th May Birmingham and 17th October Nottingham
A one day workshop on Supporting People with a Visual Impairment and Learning Disability £100 + VAT

Also Running in Devizes on the 19th June & 3rd October contact Claire.gaines@wiltshire.gov.uk for details


20
th June London and 22nd November Nottingham
A one day workshop on Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities £100 + VAT

Also running in Shrewsbury on the 5th September For details contact Charlotte.pearn@shropshire.gov.uk

4th July Nottingham and 12th December London
A one day workshop on Developing and Maintaining communication in people who have profound & multiple Learning Disabilities £100 + VAT

Also running in Shrewsbury on the 11th October for details contact Charlotte.pearn@shropshire.gov.uk

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities who have Dementia and Sight Loss

Course information:

A one-day workshop for Rehabilitation Officers and support staff working with people who have Dementia and may be experiencing Sight difficulties this course is designed to give an overview of Dementia and common sight conditions experienced by older people.

It will then look at behaviours associated with sight loss where people are non-verbal or have difficulty explaining what is happening to them as their sight deteriorates.

The course will then touch on potential sight testing methods and look at adaptations to daily practice and the care environment to improve support.

This one-day course is delivered through a series of presentations and some group work. It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

Who should attend?

  • Dementia Support workers
  • Home Managers
  • ROVIs
  • Learning Disability Support Workers working with people who have Down’s Syndrome  or older people with learning disabilities
  • Occupational Therapists and other related professionals

Cost:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT

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Supporting People with Visual Impairment and Mental Health Issues

Course information:Image: Visual Impairment and Mental Health

The training programme will be facilitated as a series of described PowerPoint sessions and workshop sessions which result in key Practice points for each category.

At the end of the session the group will look at their own practice reflectively and look at what things they might change or do differently in relation to the days additional Knowledge.

Who should attend?

The course has been designed For Rehabilitation workers and Officers and similar professionals who support people with visual impairment in the community or in Hospital settings.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT

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Visual Awareness Guiding and Environment Audit training

Course information:Image: Visual Awareness Guiding

This one-day course explores the main eye conditions that affect people with Visual Disabilities and will provide experience of Guiding Skills and Environmental Auditing to ensure safe practice.

This one-day course is delivered through a series of presentations and some group work. It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome.

Costs:

  • In-house course £300 + VAT and expenses

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Supporting People with Learning Disabilities who have Mental Health Issues

Course information:Image: Learning Disability and Mental Health

The training programme will be facilitated as a series of described PowerPoint sessions and workshop sessions which result in Key Practice points for each category.

At the end of the session the group will look at their own practice reflectively and look at what things they might change or do differently in relation to the day’s additional knowledge.

Who should attend?

The course has been designed for Social Care staff and similar professionals who support people with learning disabilities in the community or in group home or day service settings.

Costs:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT

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Supporting Older People with a Visual Impairment

Course information:Image: Visual Impairment and Older People

A one-day course designed for care staff to assist their knowledge and understanding of sight loss in Older People.

The course looks at common eye problems, implications for support and covers identification, testing, supporting people before and after surgery for eye care and those who are certified as blind or as visually impaired.

The course is a mixture of presentations and practical exercises that will prepare the staff team for the vast majority of common sight loss scenarios. This course also covers the basics of guiding and support Issues.

The course can be carried out at your place of work or, if this isn’t practical, from a location nearby for a small additional fee.

The programme can be modified to suit your care needs, for example you may prefer more guiding skills, or environmental adjustment relating to access and DDA please contact us to assist you with your specific needs.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • Contact us if you need a location nearby.

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Supporting Individuals who have Dementia and Sight Loss

Course information:

Supporting People with Dementia & Sight Loss

A one-day course for carers and professionals supporting people who have dementia, the course will cover types of Dementia presenting symptoms and strategies for support.

Participants will receive instruction in strategies to support communication, daily living skills, wandering, managing difficult behaviour such as aggression and managing risk.

At the end of the day course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different causes of dementia.
  • Identify and assess the signs of Visual Impairment when formal communication is lost or difficult
  • Suggest practical  improvements & solutions to support the lives of those living with Dementia

Costs:

  • In-house course for 20 people £800 + VAT at your place of work
  • Costs include handouts, certificates and travel to your venue.
  • £100 +VAT for people attending our Courses

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Supporting Deafblind People with Learning Disabilities

Image: Learning Disability and Deafblind IssuesCourse information:

This one-day course identifies the key visual and hearing conditions which combined can lead an individual to be supported as Deafblind.

It covers both congenital and acquired Deafblind issues and will provide an overview of the best communication support methods and resources for further support.

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT

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Putting Vision into Health Action Planning

Course information:

Image: Putting Vision into Health Action PlanningAll people with Learning Disabilities should now have a Health Action Plan and Annual Health Check, This course explores the importance of assessing vision as part of this process and determining whether further support is needed. about a third of people with Learning disabilities could be certificated as Visually impaired another third require glasses or other visual aids.

This one-day course looks at the importance of including vision in health action planning and will identify the key issues for health care facilitators.

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

All health care facilitators or staff with a facilitation role. Parents and family carers are especially welcome

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT

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The Lighting Journey

Specialist Course on Lighting the Homes of Older Visually Impaired People

Health and Well Being /Falls Prevention/Rehabilitation/Sight Loss/Lighting Design

Course information:

Designed primarily for Rehabilitation Officers and Occupational Therapists this practical one-day programme will enable participants to undertake full lighting audits and make recommendations to domestic lighting in the homes of people with a visual impairment.

The Lighting Journey is now COT Accredited and has been commissioned and designed by specialist practitioners in visual impairment and the lighting industry.

The course covers:

  • Common Sight issues in older people
  • Assessment of Functional Vision
  • Lighting Theory
  • Lighting design
  • Lighting specification
  • Evaluation and further support

Participants work through real life case studies for the lighting journey in individual workbooks that take you through each stage of the process using videos and group work with an introduction to the assessment tools required to design and make your own lighting specification or assessment tools.

We will train up to 20 people in a venue of your choosing and will assist you with marketing if you have available spaces to assist with some of your cost recovery.

The course is in two parts. All participants are registered before the course date and will receive an electronic copy of the workbook prior to the course attendance, which needs to be read before attending the actual study day.

A further workbook with the ready reckoner and case study tools will be provided on the day.

Please ensure that 14 days notice is given for Braille copies or if alternatives to electronic copies are required.

Costs:

  • £1000 + VAT
  • Limited to 20 places per course.
  • Cost includes participants’ pre-course workbooks, course assessment tools, and certificates

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Happy New Year

Mark Gray Associates would like to wish all its existing and new Customers a very Happy and prosperous New Year

Web site Launch

As promised in the autumn the web site has had a makeover we hope you like it please comment on your thoughts about how easy was it for you to find things and the overall look.

You can also follow us on Twitter or via our facebook page www.facebook.com/markgrayassociatesltd or deal with myself direct on Linked in.

Lighting courses

The Pocklington Lighting courses are proving to be very popular you can still book us to run a course in house for 20 people at your local venue for details visit this page. The course has been fully updated to cover LED lighting.

Or you can attend one of these external training events for £100 + VAT

8th February Northumberland County Blind Association  Contact Lorraine Dryden on Lorraine.dryden@ncba.org.uk

16th February Henshaws society for the blind  Manchester contact mark.gray@markgrayassociates.co.uk

27th 28th 29th February Aberdeen City Council contact m.stobie@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Conferences

Mark Gray Associates will be organising two major conferences this year the National Network of learning Disability Nursing conference will be at the University of Hertfordshire on the 2nd July 2012 Cost £140 per delegate for details contact markgray@markgrayassociates.co.uk

Speakers include Hazel Powell CNO report into the future of LD nursing, CQC, nurses role in Safeguarding, UK safeguarding panel, Professor Dickon Weir Clinical Supervision and CPD in Non NHS settings there will also be a third year student job fair.

Mark Gray Associates will also be organising a national seminar of Self directed support and continuing health care with Market Leaders Home care direct this seminar will be for commissioners in Health and Social care and will give examples of good practice from clients, families and commissioners from the continuing health care pilots. It will also address issues of financial and client safeguarding, Accountability, Sickness and holiday cover for PA’s training and developing quality CPD on a shoestring budget. Cost £140.00 per delegate for details contact markgray@markgrayassociates.co.uk

Wednesday workshops 2012

18th April Nottingham and 12th September London

A one day workshop on Supporting People with Dementia and Sight Loss £100 +VAT


16th May Birmingham and 17th October Nottingham

A one day workshop on Supporting People with a Visual Impairment and Learning Disability £100 + VAT


20th June London and 21st November Nottingham

A one day workshop on Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities £100 + VAT

4th July Nottingham and 12th December London

A one day workshop on Developing motivation & communication in people who have profound & multiple Learning Disabilities £100 + VAT

Human Rights and People with Learning Disabilities

Course information:

This one-day course looks at human rights and people with learning disabilities.

Course aims:

Image: Learning Disability and Human Rights

  1. To enable participants to understand the core principles of human rights and why they are relevant to people with learning disabilities.
  2. To enable participants to understand the key features and purpose of the human rights act and how it can be used in everyday practice.
  3. To enable participants to understand how human rights principles and standards apply to in the context of their work setting.

The trainers will be using a PowerPoint based presentation with several group participation workshops throughout the day.

It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

Cost:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT

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Disability in the Equality Act (Updated for BREXIT)

How is your compliance?

Course information:Image: Disability in the Equality Act

This one-day workshop is effectively an Audit tool for your business. Gender, Age, Sexuality, Disability was pulled into one act in 2010 called the Equality ACT, it was also strengthened in parts by new additions to Disability Discrimination Law, and Human Rights Law.

This one-day workshop is designed to ensure that you make cost effective reasonable adjustment without harming your service delivery.

The day will cover what’s new in the Equality Act that you need to know including:

  • How the Human rights legislation is enforced: Myths and Facts
  • What are the key issues for people with disabilities? This covers blind and visually impaired people, deafblind, physically disabled people, people with mental health problems and people with a learning disability.
  • Getting it right; what is reasonable adjustment?
  • Access issues (staff and customers)
  • Communication issues (staff and customers)
  • Employing disabled people
  • Where you can get help?
  • (updated) What are the Implications of Brexit to Equality & rights?

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Costs:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT

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Developing and Maintaining Communication Methods with People who have Profound and Multiple Disabilities

Course information:Image: Communication Method Multiple Disabilities

This one-day course will cover the basic theories of zoning, intensive interaction and developmental communication.

Whilst applying those to practical methods of communication for supporting and developing choice and control using real life case studies of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities both of whom have additional sensory problems.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome. The course has been extensively updated to support IMCA’s IMHA’s & advocates.

It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

Cost:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT
  • Cost includes handouts and resource information

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Deaf Awareness and Learning Disability

Course information:Image: Deaf Awareness Training

This course explores the causes of deafness in people with learning disabilities and looks at avenues of support from the hearing test to using Hearing Aids, signed communication and environmental aids.

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT

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Supporting People with a Visual Impairment and a Learning Disability

Course information:

Our Most Popular CourseImage: Visual Impairment and Learning Disabilities

Approximately one third of the population of people with a learning disability could be registered blind or partially sighted (500,000) a further third (500,000) require glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Source (lookup (Seeability) 2009) (Emerson. E, Hatton.C), Population of people with LD in England For Valuing People Now (2007)

However many do not get access to the right eye health support and many go blind through treatable eye conditions that are not detected because of communication difficulties.

This one-day course outlines the common visual disabilities found in the learning disabled population, the behaviours that indicate sight loss, treatments and the development of person centred care pathways and additional support that is available.

The day will also look at sight testing from both function and acuity testing perspectives and how to support the individual and their carers through eye surgery, and wearing glasses for the first time. It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

Cost:

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Master class in Multiple Disability

Course information:Image: Master Class in Multiple Disability

The master class will cover the following topics:

  • Incidence and Definitions of Multiple Disability
  • Sight problems in relation to people with a learning disability
  • Functional Visual assessment of people with multiple disabilities
  • Supporting sight testing outcomes
  • Communication issues

The day is structured so that it can be interactive and will take questions from participants given in advance.

Costs:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT

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2011 Update

Mark Gray has not stopped since he returned to Mark Gray Associates in Spring 2011 following a brief spell as the interim CEO of ARCUK. Mark is now in demand again especially in health care matters for people with learning disabilities.

In July he hosted his first National Network for Learning Disability Nursing (NNLDN) conference in Bangor as the newly elected Chair and CEO of the National Network for Learning Disability Nurses and will be shortly launching its new exciting membership scheme, website and CPD forums.

If that wasn’t enough Mark is now an Associate Editor of Nursing Standard, The Journal of Learning Disability and was a judge at the Nursing Times Nursing Awards 2011.

Mark has also been working closely with Home Care Direct on personalised services on the re-development of their new exciting electronic careplan with Operations Director Gabrielle Clay and their training team on rewriting and editing of their support worker E-learning programmes.

This autumn Mark has been working on the promotion and development of Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Lighting Journey courses (developed with Mark Gray Associates) and the new housing professionals courses.

As we approach the winter Mark is rebranding and redesigning the Mark Gray Associates Website with our new corporate partners Bramley Computers and Crossley Websites to make it more interactive, dynamic and user-friendly and preparing to celebrate our first 5 years as a company!

Mark continues to be the Chair of the National Network for Learning Disability Nursing (NNLDN) and our next National Network CPD Day Focusing on Safeguarding, Clinical supervision and the future of Learning Disability nursing report is scheduled for Early July 2012 at Hertfordshire University. The date will be announced shortly and it will be in a new one-day format with Job fair.

For more details contact office@nnldn.co.uk

New Lighting Programmes

Mark Gray Associates LTD is proud to be the lead partner with the Thomas Pocklington Trust on its Lighting journey programmes.

There are two types of courses a one-day programme for occupational therapists and rehabilitation officers for the visually impaired which is run in house by two trainers with pre course workbooks, a study day and further materials on developing a lighting specification for lighting engineers.  The Lighting Courses are now COT Accredited.

This day costs £1500 + VAT (this is not included in the sale)and includes certificates, workbooks training delivery & Tools & all the training expenses courses carry a maximum of 20 people.

This year Mark Gray Associates and Thomas Pocklington Trust are launching a half day programme for Wardens, scheme managers and residential care home managers (registered and un registered). These courses are £400 + VAT + Travel and are half a day’s duration and will take 20 people. (All training materials are provided in the price.)

A one day course for home maintenance and engineering staff is also available for £800 a day + Vat and Expenses.

Mark Returns to Head MGA

Mark Gray is pleased to announce he is back at Mark Gray Associates as the head consultant and trainer for the company.

Mark recently left to be the CEO at ARC UK but after eight months in the job both parties decided it was not working for them as they had planned.

Mark wishes all the best to the staff at ARC who supported him with the difficult issues he took the organisation through and is pleased that it has emerged a stronger and more financially secure organisation following his brief tenure.

Mark is now seeking interest for non-executive board work to supplement his time at MGA LTD.

NEW One-day Seminars

Mark Gray Associates LTD is working with ADASS and a range of Provider organisations of Learning Disability (Adult) services to discuss the future of support for adults with a Learning Disability.

These one-day seminars will look at mapping out and forming new coalitions and partnerships with local authorities, health and well being boards, PCTs GP commissioners, Service providers, individuals and families in receipt of direct payments and personal budget holders.

The days will look at Big society and its impact on Health and Social Care and discuss new ideas and innovative ways to shape the future.

The seminars will be in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It is anticipated each day will be £75.00 per person.

For further details email: mark@markgrayassociates.co.uk to register your interest.

Focus on Supervision

The Department of Health Good Practice in Learning Disability Nursing 2007 recommends that all Nurses with RNLD should have regular supervision.

However if you’re a nurse or a social care practitioner In sensory Impairment or learning disability services, in the private or voluntary sector this might be difficult to get.

Mark Gray Associates can organise your supervision sessions at very competitive rates.

Call us now on 0115 9732540 or contact us.

Focus on DDA Audits

Mark has developed considerable expertise in the field of Disability Discrimination Act Audits for Business.

Many private businesses are not yet DDA compliant.

Full and discreet Audits can be carried out at your premises looking at Public Access, Communication and Staff disability awareness and skills.

If you think your business needs an audit contact Mark Gray Associates today.