Staying healthy: event roundup

Staying healthy

Welcome to VODG’s third social share on tackling health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. In this edition you will find a round-up of our conference on Staying healthy and links to a range of resources that support the main themes of the conference.

Conference round up

On Thursday 6 February 2020 we held the third of our series of events on tackling health inequalities. Staying healthy explored a wide range of initiatives to support people to lead active and healthy lives and offered delegates the opportunity to reflect on how to promote a culture and practices that support a healthy lifestyle.

The healthy cafe

During the healthy cafe session, delegates participated in small group discussions hosted by various organisations and were able to find out about projects and resources that support people to stay healthy.
Introducing the HealthSwap app
The Down’s Syndrome Association has developed a healthy living app for people with learning disabilities.
Sense arts and wellbeing programme
Sense delivers inclusive arts, sports and wellbeing opportunities for disabled people with complex needs.
DRUK: Get yourself active
DRUK: Get yourself active is equipping disabled people to lead change in the social care, health and sports sectors to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
The Vegetarian Society UK
The Vegetarian Society has information on the benefits of becoming vegetarian and provides tasty meat-free recipes.

Slide decks

Proactive Community
Justine Moore, Mimi Ghalas and Elizabeth Wheeler, supported by Jade Vallance (Active Prospects), introduce The proactive community: a group of people who are supported by Active Prospects and meet together to do healthy and enjoyable activities.
Staying healthy and the use of the Mental Capacity Act
Louisa Whait (NHSE and NHSI) explores the dilemmas that providers face around individual choice, capacity, service models and organisational culture.
Improving the uptake of cancer screening
Claire Bates (Choice Support) explores the impact of mental capacity on breast screening for women with learning disabilities.


Tackling health inequalities
VODG report on Tackling Health Inequalities.
Good food matters
VODG Good Food Matters resource.
Leading for betterhealth
Event roundup from Leading for Better Health (held 3 Oct 2019).
Learning from LeDeR
Event roundup from Learning from LeDeR (held on 5 Dec 2019).
NHS England: Learning disabilities
Information on NHS England’s learning disability programme.
Exercise guidelines
NHS physical activity guidelines for adults aged 19-64.
The Eatwell Guide
A policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet.
Bowel screening: easy read guide
A leaflet about bowel cancer screening for people with learning disabilities.
Breast screening: easy guide
An easy read leaflet about breast screening for people with learning disabilities.
Macmillan Cancer Support: easy read titles
Easy read information on screening, other clinical tests and interventions and cancer.
Mental Capacity Act: best interests principle
Scie information on best interests’ principles in care planning.
Easy read guide to breast screening
A free 8-page guide to breast screening from Beyond Words.
Making reasonable adjustments to obesity and weight management services for people with learning disabilities
Public Health England report on making reasonable adjustments to obesity and weight management services for people with learning disabilities with links to many useful resources.