Programme updates

Throughout 2022 the KMPT Transforming Neurodiversity Support (TNS) programme board continued to grow and develop meeting every 6 weeks to hear from, support and lead on a variety of projects and activities some of the headlines of which we wanted to share with you here:

Developing an approach to using the Greenlight toolkit that works for KMPT

The Green Light Toolkit has a long history with a 3rd edition being published by the National Development Team for inclusion in late 2022. The toolkit aims to support mental health services work on improving the way they support autistic people, people with learning disabilities and autistic people who have learning disabilities. KMPT have used the toolkit several times since its launch and decided to revisit this through the lens of collaboration, and co-production to develop and trial a system that can then become embedded across the organisation. 

Members of the TNS programme board worked in collaboration with colleagues in our early intervention psychosis services to develop an approach that would work most effectively for their workforce and the people they support. Excitingly this work was guided by the NDTi and some of our learning from the trial contributed to changes in the 3rd edition of the toolkit. Click here to read about what we did and how we did it.

KMPT launch its STOMP pledge

Through the expert chairing of one of TNS programme board members Felicity Head 2022 sore KMPT launch its STOMP pledge. STOMP stands for Stopping over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both which is a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the overuse of these medicines. To view the launch event and learn more about what's happening across Kent and Medway see this YouTube video

Educating our future Mental health nurses

In November board members agreed to run a series of education sessions for Mental Health students nurses at Canterbury Christ Church University using their own lived experiences to talk about “The diversity of the Autistic experience in healthcare” which was well received by the student at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

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Plans for 2023

As the programme and its board enter its third year our ever-growing ambition as described in our vision continues to grow with plans to establish a programme plan, and projects that will through collaboration and coproduction look at prioritising the delivery of the NHS England Learning disability (and autism) improvement standards.

By George Matuska (RNLD) on January 4 2023