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Inspiring leaders

Strong leadership is vital for the delivery of change needed to achieve the aims of the Transforming Care Programme, and Sir Stephen Bubb highlighted lack of leadership as a contributing factor to the abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View

Be the change in someone's life

Leadership can be demonstrated by staff at all levels, as well as by individuals with learning disabilities, carers and their families. It’s about creating a vision and empowering people to work towards the achievement of this as a reality. Leadership is not bound to those only in senior management roles.

Leadership within learning disability services is imperative to transforming the way care is delivered, shifting the balance of power to individuals with a learning disability, their families and carers. This transformational change can only be achieved through individuals finding creative solutions, influencing and collaborating across the health and social care system to take forward ideas and initiatives, enable people with a learning disability to live an independent and fulfilled life.

We'd like to celebrate the great leaders in health and social care who are driving change and empowering people with learning disabilities, and to encourage more people to take up leadership training. 

Training courses

There are lots of leadership training options available to people working in learning disability services. Take a look at the courses available.

Be inspired by incredible leaders

“Being a leader isn’t just about management. Anyone, at any level can show leadership by focusing on what really matters, having the courage to do the right thing and taking responsibility. We want to inspire people working in learning disabilities to become leaders in their field and to be bold enough to lead service change and the innovation required to empower people with learning disabilities to shape their care.”

Dr Teresa Hewitt-Moran, Learning Disabilities Programme Lead

Get involved

Strong leadership is vital if we're going to transform learning disability services. Help us spread the word about the importance of leadership and encourage learning disabilities staff to undergo further leadership training. Get involved on social media using #inspiringleadersinLD and: 

  • share our films of inspiring leaders 
  • tell the story of inspiring leaders that you work with
  • tell us what you think makes a good leader and why leadership is important. 


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