Providing useful information for people with learning disabilities, their carers and all health professionals

Latest News

Have a Heart – STOMP Conference 14th of February 2019

Date & Venue:

Have a Heart for STOMP Conference

Agenda – Have a Heart for STOMP 14.2.19

14th February

Seminar Room

Leechmere Training Centre

Carrmere Road


Tyne And Wear


10am – 3pm

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Our event is aimed at people with learning disabilities and or autism and will include lots of activities and opportunities for people to talk about medication, behaviour and different ways that people can get the right support. People with a learning disability and autism will facilitate the event and share their own experiences as part of the day. We would like people that attend to help us develop an action plan for individuals and organisations.

We have a limited number of places available and you can book a place directly by using the Eventbrite link: Please do get in touch if you would like us to book tickets for you.

We would be grateful if you could share details of our event through your own networks. We have attached an easy read agenda.


Excellent Workshop – making things better for people with cancer.

A great session took place on the 7th of December that saw people with a learning disability, carers and health professionals come together to help to look at the needs of people who have cancer.

We had a great opportunity to work with Macmillan to develop an easy read version of the holistic needs assessment.

Macmillan are working on the ideas we shared today and we will see the results in the new year.










Health Promotion Team, Community Learning Disability Team, St Benedicts Hospice and Sunderland People First win Highly commended Linda McEnhill Award

On the 13th of June 2018, Ashley Murphy (Health Promotion Team) Shaleen Mercer (Community Learning disability Team) Lisa Baker (St Benedicts Hospice) and Beverley Brown (Self Advocate) enjoyed a trip to London.

We won an award at the Palliative Care Network for People with a learning Disability – We received highly commended in the Linda McEnhill awards section.

This was for our hard work in ensuring palliative care services for people with learning disability and their carers are the best they can be.

We have developed accessible information about end of life and where support can be accessed. All of this information can be found here on this website under palliative care.

We also have a excellent pathway of care for people with learning disability who reach end of life and this was recognised at a national level.

Aswell has attending the conference to pick up the award we had a fabulous time in London too.

well done everyone.

Fantastic time was had by all at our Learning disability and Autism Health Event 21st May 2018








Ashley Murphy, Learning Disability and Autism Primary Care Programme Manager, NTW worked together with Linda Reiling, Specialist Joint Commissioner for Learning disabilities and Mental health at Sunderland Clinical commissioning Group to  put together a fun filled, educational conference for people with a learning disability and autism, that took place at the Stadium of Light on the 21st May 2018.

The event was to help people with learning disabilities and autism understand what they are entitled too from their GP practice. We found out what they like about going to their doctors and what they felt needed to be better. We now have lots of ideas to work on from this.

Aswell as this we ran pop up clinics. People with a learning disability are often very fearful of having tests to ensure they are healthy and don’t always want to go to their GP. At the event we worked with several drug companies and practitioners from both GP practices across Sunderland and the labs at the QE Hospital to enable people to have the following tests, Cholesterol and pre diabetes. They also had their BMI calculated and mini ECGs. All results were shared with their GP following on from the event and the health promotion team have offered follow up support after the event.

We also worked in partnership with audiology at City Hospitals Sunderland who offered a fantastic service and tested peoples hearing on the day. This has generated several referrals where some hearing loss was detected that may have not been picked up ordinarily!

The day would not of been possible without our colleagues in the point of care department at Sunderland University, namely Karen Giles who has guided us trained us and supported us with the clinics, thank you !

Finally a massive well done to all of our stall holders from various organisations across the City, Sunderland Sports department at Sunderland University and all of the people who attended. A fantastic drama production was also given by the Twisting Ducks they were brilliant! A great day was had by all and lots of work is planned as a result.

Finally a huge thank you to our co-chair Bethan Gillan, this was her first event of this kind and she did an amazing job well done!!

Learning Disability Health Event May 21st Stadium of Light Sunderland!

Do you have a learning disability or care for someone who does?

Do you have a GP in Sunderland?

Do you want to come along and find out more about keeping healthy and having fun at the same time?

If its YES then please come along to our conference on May 21st at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Click below to see how to book your place – See you there

Ashley Murphy.

Poster 21st May 2018

Washington Resource Centre involved in Pop up Clinic

Customers at Washington Resource Centre took part in one of our pop up clinics this week.

This was another chance for people with a learning disability to have a blood test and to have their hearing tested.

This was really successful , some people will be having a follow up appointment with their doctor to discuss their results.

Point Of Care Testing in Sunderland for People with learning disability and autism

This week our health promotion team are working closely with Sunderland University to pilot health tests in Sunderland for people with a learning disability.
So far we have been to Fulwell Resource Centre and Sunderland People First and we will also be going along to Washington Resource Centre with our Pop Up Clinic.

We are offering a simple finger prick test known as capillary testing where we obtain a tiny blood sample and we can check you are not pre diabetic or that you have high cholesterol.
We are also working closely with audiology at Sunderland Royal and we are offering hearing tests by using a simple quick test.

Everyone who has joined in has been amazing and we have enjoyed working with you. The test have already picked up cases of raised cholesterol, ear infection and hearing loss. It is hoped following the pilot this may become widely available.
Here are some pictures of people who took part.

Easy Read Health Action Plans

Contact Us

  • Health Promotion Team
  • Ground Floor
  • Monkwearmouth Hospital
  • Newcastle Road
  • Sunderland, SR5 1NB
Telephone 07468 710819

Make an Enquiry

Latest News

Stop Dying too Young Group – Ensure you are involved in important decisions!

The North East North Cumbria Stop People Dying Too Young group have developed a training resource for professionals, […]

Breast Screening Awareness Month – October 2022 – Easy Read Recall Letter

We are delighted to let you know that Sunderland People First and Health Watch Sunderland have been working […]