Media, Events

Reflections from Mindapples workshop on 18th June 2018

Estia centre delivered a workshop for people with a learning disability on understanding their minds and improving mental wellbeing using adapted Mindapples resources.


The day was facilitated by a member of Mindapples, and an expert by experience.

Also in attendance were the Estia staff team and Professor Eddie Chaplin from London South Bank University

The day included quizzes, craft, discussions, presentation of work and physical activities. There was also plenty of opportunity for everyone to interact and engage socially as we shared a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.




Feedback received indicates that everyone that attended had an enjoyable day and would like to come for similar workshops in the future.

We have arranged to meet weekly as a focus group following this and hope this will create the opportunity to influence the wellbeing of the wider learning disability population

For find out more on Mindapples please visit Mindapples website 


Keeping Well Event 21 March 2018

Another successful event for people with a learning disability was organised by Estia and attended to full capacity following the theme ‘Keeping safe and well’.  The event created opportunities for people to network, experience projects in a safe and interactive way and gain understanding of how they work and also give feedback

The day started with a powerful and emotional presentation of the Hate Crime Project by Lewisham Speak Up advocacy group. Interactive presentation delivered by experts by experience highlighting issues in relation to the topic and also providing advice and resources for people to use in staying safe and reporting incidences.

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Other interactive workshops included;

Tree of Life by the psychology team and an expert by experience

Mindapples- How to look after your mind everyday by Estia and Mindapples facilitator

STOMP- Facilitated by NHS England STOMP team (including and expert by experience)  and community psychiatric nurse- Advice and support understanding psychotropic medication and helpful guidance on reviewing

GSTT- Occupational health team – How to look after your body

GSTT- Learning disability nursing team-Healthy eating and understanding blood pressure. There was a chance to enjoy freshly made fruit smoothies and taste a variety of fruit.

Happily dating- Dating and social and intimate relationships.

The day ended with an interactive activity for all in cooperating relaxation and exercise accompanied by a mixture of upbeat and slow music facilitated by Stepping Stone’s body and mind workshop. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a fabulous Grand Finale.

Many thanks for all of those who facilitated, attended and supported people to attend.


European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability (EAMHID) September 2017


This year Karina Marshall-Tate, Head of E & T, Estia was accepted to present a poster of the Simulation Training at the annual EAMHID conference that was held in Luxembourg in September 2017.

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While Karina presented the poster Ruwani also attended the conference. Poster was well received by many internationally represented professionals and was awarded an Honorary Recognition. This was presented to Karina during the closing ceremony. Simulation training was recognised as an exceptional piece of work particularly for its emphasis on working with experts by experience (actors with intellectual disabilities).

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The conference gave both Karina and Ruwani the opportunity to network with many clinicians and professionals and to share and gain understanding of good practice that could be included in the Estia training events and workshops.


 Estia Keeping Well Event 24 May 2017


On 24th May 2017 Estia centre hosted the “Keeping well Event”

This took place at the ORTUS centre and was attended by over 50 people.

Workshops were all interactive and co facilitated by clinicians and colleagues with a learning disability.

These included:

Physical health, healthy eating etc. by the Learning Disability Nursing team, who brought fruit and drinks to sample and also did blood pressure checks

Mindfulness workshop by the psychology team, promoting relaxation using simple exercises that can be done anywhere.

Keeping active by the OT team from GSTT on how to stay active daily

Lewisham Speaking Up about their work on Hate Crime and what to do about it

Colouring by the behavioural therapy team, an opportunity to chat together while enjoying the activity.

Breaking Out the Bubble – a group run by people with a learning disability offering peer support to get out and about, make new friends and try new things!

After a healthy and scrumptious lunch some of us enjoyed trying out the adapted cycles by ‘Bike Works’.

From feedback received overall a successful, interactive and informative day enjoyed by all.

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Learning Disability Today Conference 29 November 2016

This year’s conference focused on three integral seminar streams: Learning Disability and Autism; Health and Wellbeing; and Policy and Practice. Eddie Chaplin from the Estia Centre went along with Peter Cronin and Liam Peyton to present on behalf of the Estia Centre

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Learning disability programme appointment

Dr Jean O’Hara has been appointed to help lead NHS England’s National Transforming Care Learning Disability programme click here

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MENCAP pledge signed

Directors of nursing from across King’s Health Partners sign MENCAP pledge to get healthcare right for people with intellectual disabilities.

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The MENCAP pledge ensures all people with a learning disability receive a high standard of care and treatment. It was signed by Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Neil Brimblecombe, Director of Nursing at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Paula Townsend, Deputy Director of Nursing at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The pledge was signed at the King’s Health Partners Intellectual Disabilities Conference, held on 23 June in Prospero House, London.  The focus of the event was on how best we can work together to get healthcare right for people with intellectual disabilities.


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Keeping Safe and Well Workshop 26 April 2016

Estia recently held a number of keeping safe & well workshops at the Maudsley Learning Centre, for people with intellectual disabilites. Some of the those workshops were;

  • Staying safe -disability hate crime
  • Wellbeing—looking after yourself
  • Tree of life -team-based activity


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Health Education England, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Learning Event 25 February 2016.

Eddie Chaplin & Karina Marshall-Tate from the Estia Centre presented at the Health Education England Conference on - Reducing Health Inequalities in Intellectual Disabilities - download poster here


This event included Elearning, Education and Training. HEE also launched a very useful E&T / Competency tool that managers and/or organisations can use to identify skills and training needs of their learning disabilities clinical workforce. PicTTalk is an app that  can be downloaded for free and has health related symbols and pictures to assist communication.

HEE Picttalk and resources list download here

Further useful website adressess of free resources that can be used for education and training purposes;


CPD event for GPs

“On 15 October 2015  the Estia Centre, with our MHLD & GSTT Learning Disabilities colleagues and the Baked Bean Theatre Company, hosted a CPD event for GPs in Southwark. With over 100 GPs and a film crew it was a unique experience in which we could share knowledge and practical tips to improve healthcare for people with learning disabilities.”


MHLD Service User Group  runs a monthly service user group, to which carers are also invited, based on recovery principles and widening participation in community activities. The group is open to any service user (and their carers) who are open to any of the four borough MHLD teams. For further information contact Pamela Boothe (MHLD Lambeth Administrator) on 020 3228 1057


Working Together to Get Healthcare Right for People with Intellectual Disabilities - 6 March 2015

A free one day event took place on the 6 March 2015. The event explored what it means to have intellectual disabilities and shared people with intellectual disabilities’ experiences of healthcare. The event provided a unique opportunity for clinicians, education and training leads and managers to come together, share experiences and find solutions to improve services

Jean O'Hara, Clinical Director, Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry, Clinical Academic Group, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Jim Blair, Consultant Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Pauline Heslop, Reader in Intellectual Disabilities Research

Valarie Sinason, Valarie Sinason,  President of the IPD, Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies

Frank Butau, Safeguarding Adults Lead, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Jim Blair, Consultant Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children leading on the Workshop Reasonable Adjustments.

Autism Workshop


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