Keynote Address Scott Watkin


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  • Background information on you and your job. I am the Co-National Director for Learning Disabilities for Valuing People Now which is the English Government’s policy for people with Learning Disabilities and their families Say a little bit about you and your job, employment I have not had an Occupational Therapist help me or my wife. But as a result of doing this presentation, I have found out that there have been several occupational therapists on the Valuing People Support Team.
  • This is what Valuing People Now means and this policy has been endorsed by the Coalition Government and will continue.
  • Valuing People Now has some big messages. The top five of these are Health Housing Employment Including Everyone Making it Happen – for everyone, everywhere
  • Be Person Centred – this means helping people have choice and control over their lives and listening to what is important to people, not just what is important for them. In partnership with the Putting People First Team at DH we have published good practice guidance on person centred planning and personalisation. There is a specific workbook for professionals Make sure that you do not forget people who are often left out, such as people with complex needs, autism, offenders and black and ethnic minorities.
  • Families & Friends . We don’t want all of our support come from paid staff. We are important to friends, families and communities and they are important to us – please work with them. Help us to use mainstream services. We have a right to use mainstream services and we need your help to do this. For example, OTs could help Job Centres be more accessible. We know that services have got to change a lot to be person centred and to meet the challenges they are currently facing. We want you to work with us and other agencies to make it happen. For example, in Getting a Life, we re working with all of the agencies who work with young people from 14-25. OTs are part of those groups that listen to people and their families about what needs to change and how. This means some OTs had to change their practice.
  • Keynote Address Scott Watkin

    1. 1. How Occupational Therapists can help People with Learning Disabilities and their Families Scott Watkin Co National Director for Learning Disabilities Department of Health Thursday 23 rd September Gillis Centre, Edinburgh
    2. 2. Background <ul><li>Who am I </li></ul><ul><li>My Job </li></ul>
    3. 3. Valuing People Now Valuing People Now is the Government's three-year strategy to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families. It covers all aspects of life, including health, housing, getting a paid job, personalisation, transition, advocacy, hate crime and relationships.
    4. 4. Key Messages from Valuing People Now <ul><li>Health Housing Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Including Everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Making it Happen </li></ul>
    5. 5. Top Tips for OTs and other Professionals <ul><li>Be Person Centred </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Life Outcomes, Employment, Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Health, Friends and Relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So we have equal lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your skills to help us get a life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure you include everyone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember those who are often excluded </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Top Tips for OTs and other Professionals <ul><li>Work with families, partners and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us who you are and what you can do </li></ul><ul><li>Help us to use mainstream services and help them to make reasonable adjustments </li></ul><ul><li>Work with others to make systems more person centred </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, Providers, Commissioners, Care Managers, Schools and Colleges </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Thank you for listening to me <ul><li>Does anyone have any questions? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Useful Information <ul><li>Professor Mansell’s Report “Raising our Sights” </li></ul><ul><li>Personalisation through Person Centred Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing People Web Pages </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>