We are delighted to publish our conference timetable in advance, to enable delegates to plan their day and decide which sessions to attend. We have also included a brief outline of each talk, to enable you to make an informed decision about which talks to attend, avoiding anything you may find upsetting.
Please note that studio B has a strict limit on numbers (25 people), due to size and layout of this room. We will have a desk, just past registration, where you can put your name down for any talk/s in studio B that you would like to attend – this is on a first come, first served basis, so please do put your name down for any talks that you would like to attend in this studio, and then you will be guaranteed entry.
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
This talk will consist of a mixture of information and case studies, covering a general overview of liver disease, with a focus on ALD (Alcoholic Liver Disease) and Hepatitis C. It aims to increase general knowledge of liver disease, including myth busting. It will give frontline workers the confidence to engage clients in managing this condition, and will provide information on where to go to get support in order to improve health outcomes, including information on Brighton’s specialist community Liver clinic.
Content warning: this talk will include case studies with details of symptoms of liver disease, which may be distressing for anyone who has experience of themselves or a friend/family member suffering from this condition.
Speaker: Mags O’Sullivan
This will be positive, informal session aimed at Frontline workers to get to know each other and engage in positive discussions about the sector. The session aims to create connections with other workers, find common ground and come up with ideas for future frontline worker events. This will be an interactive session where participants will chat to each other for 10 mins at a time, guided by ‘conversation cards’ then will move around and talk to other people in the room.
Content warning: The session is aimed at Frontline Workers but does take into consideration that non workers will be in attendance i.e. volunteers, people with LE, commissioners. In terms, of upsetting content, people could be triggered if they have experience of having had a support worker.
Session leaders: Jules Grenville and Kate Standing
A space for delegates to share experiences of supporting people with alcohol related brain damage and learn together how best to help them. Why can these patients not seem to be able to move out of alcohol dependence and make the changes they say they want to make? How can we look to best support them? How can we, together, advocate for better care and services for people affected? An interactive informal session about alcohol related brain damage. A space for some teaching, some sharing of your experiences and how we can together advocate for a change in support and policy going forward.
Content warning: this talk will describe the presentations of alcohol related brain damage, experiences of professionals supporting the people affected, discussions about best practice, and anonymised case studies.
Speakers: Drs Tal Lewin and Kate Pitt
This session aims to support delegates in understanding the intersectional needs, inequalities and experiences of trans, non-binary and intersex (TNBI) people and gender variant individuals in the UK. Attendees will:
The session will be lecture based with a Q&A, open discussion at the end.
Content warning: Some mention of suicide, bodies/body parts, transphobia.
Speaker: Victoria Oldman
The aim of this talk is to support delegates in identifying some commonly seen medical conditions for people facing homelessness. It will explain how to identify when someone’s health is deteriorating; and to recognise life threatening emergencies. Delegates will learn about signs and symptoms associated with common medical conditions, and consider how best to prevent complications and manage deteriorating health. This talk will be lecture-based with some case studies, ending with a Q&A.
Content warning: The talk and case studies will discuss life threatening emergencies and potentially upsetting subjects such as sepsis.
Speakers: Ruth Reilly and Hannah Bishop
When in their 30s, 40s, and 50s people who are homeless often experience health problems similar to much older people. This session will explore frailty in people facing homelessness, barriers to receiving treatment, and specific challenges that people face when experiencing homelessness and suffering from premature ageing.
Content warning: Discussion of physical symptoms of frailty, impact on sufferers.
Speaker: Caterina Speight
The aim of this presentation is for all parts of the community to know what we do and the outcomes for the patients admitted to hospital, their journeys and why collaboration with all colleagues is critical for a safe discharge. It will explain what everyone can do to help with the patients journey out of the acute. Attendees will gain an understanding of the complexities of the hospital and community coming together to help, and the obstacles that we and the patients face. With that knowledge it will hopefully break barriers and encourage better joined-up working between all the critical services always with the patients needs and wants at the very forefront of any outcomes. There will be a video from people with lived experience explaining their journey, a lecture-style presentation about the team and patients’ outcomes and a Q and A at the end, with time for discussion.
Content warning: There will be some stats on general homeless population health outcomes which include stats about death rates. There will also be information about people being discharged from hospital when unwell, as well as discriminatory attitudes of some people.
Speakers: Chris Sargeant & Katie Carter
This talk with explore how being neurodivergent (particularly if not diagnosed) amplifies the risk of poor life and health outcomes and may also mean that the person is more likely to find themselves without a safe and stable home. The talk will be drawn from multiple real-life stories with the hope of illustrating the hazards, delights, resilience, pain and warmth of being a neurodivergent person, “hidden in plain sight” in an overwhelmingly complex world. Speaker Rebecca (Bex) Dew is a nurse consultant for the Pan-Sussex Neurodevelopmental Service, SPFT. She is herself autistic and ADHD, and has lived experience of being homeless.
The talk will be lecture-based, with a Q&A at the end. The session aims to renew and refresh compassion for human difference, and to reflect on why feeling different and not fitting typical expectations and systems may impact on a person’s life journey Delegates will come away with an increased understanding of autism, ADHD and hypermobility.
Content warning: The talk will touch upon the following topics: Mental health, Physical illness and disability, Being misunderstood by services, Lifespan trauma, Self-harm and suicide, Neglect, Addiction
Speaker: Rebecca Dew
The Common Ambition lived experience steering group and project partners will be delivering a short introduction training to co-production. It will be a very experiential session that will have everyone co-producing safely by the end and understanding co-production concepts. The aim is for delegates to experience and understand co-production, and see how to do this safely and effectively, through having a go at co-production yourself. Delegates will come away with ideas about how this can be done within your service or work. This session will be experiential and workshop based, hearing from and being trained by people with lived experience of homelessness.
Content warning: There will be discussions about trauma-informed working and safe working practices
Speakers: The Common Ambition lived experience steering group, and project partners.
The aim of this session is to help develop an understanding of the realities of the current mental health system, the reasons for differences in approach, how to give referrals the best chance of being accepted, and what to do when they’re not. Delegates should come away with a sense of being more equipped to make referrals, and how to support clients through what can be a confusing and frustrating process. The session will be lecture based, with a Q and A at the end.
Content warning: This talk will provide detail on mental health conditions, and possible causes for these (including discussion of trauma, substance misuse). It will cover the frustration of not being offered help by MH services, and try to explain the rationale for this, which may be upsetting for some people. There may be case studies that will cover potentially upsetting situations as they are closely based on real people’s stories.
Speaker: Tim Worthley
The session will explore reflective practice as a tool to manage worker and team wellbeing. Paul defines reflective practice as providing a safe space in which to talk about the ‘grey area’ between the personal and the professional – you as a human being at work. If the space is valued and used regularly – the safe space can become a ‘brave space’, where we can be vulnerable and feel understood, held and supported. And as vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change (as Brené Brown says), this can also be a productive space that energises and motivates.
Speaker: Paul Johanson