Westminister Insight Training & Conferences

Westminister Insight Training & Conferences

Influencing Policy Makers Online Training
Thursday 19th January 2023
10am – 4pm

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Our Influencing Policy Makers online training is designed to help public, private and third sector organisations to inform and influence UK policy.

Participants will get a better understanding of the workings of government to know who, when and how to engage with key people to ensure success. Learn about the different ways to access government, including participating in consultations, providing evidence and developing public campaigns.

This highly interactive course will allow you to put into practice your political analysis and communication skills. You will hear best practice from industry experts to develop a comprehensive plan to influence policy.You will gain insight into both the policymaker’s and campaigner’s perspective to understand how to get your message across with language, context and persuasion tools to maximise impact.

You’ll hear about ethical lobbying and how to run high impact campaigns from Max Sugarman, Chair of the CIPR’s Public Affairs Group and David Boot, Head of Public Affairs, National Oceanography Centre. 


Improving Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic People – Digital Conference
Tuesday 21st February 2023
09:15 – 13:30

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Our ultimate goal is that, across England, people with a learning disability and autistic people are equal citizens able to fulfil their potential. They are supported to live full lives in their community, in their home, with access to the care that is right for them, when and where they need it. Just like everyone else.” *

The challenges facing adults with autism or learning disabilities are vast and pressures are mounting. At this crucial time, we are pleased to announce our Improving Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic People Digital Conference. With a particular focus on community-based services, we will address the priorities to improve support to enable people with learning disabilities or autistic people to live fulfilled and independent lives.

Recent policy, including the Building the Right Support Action Plan, and proposals to the Mental Health Act, reaffirms the importance of good quality services in improving quality of life for autistic people or adults with learning difficulties. Key commitments include:

  • Reducing the number of people with a learning disability or autistic people in inpatient care by 50% by March 2024
  • Proposed new duties on commissioners to ensure adequate community-based services
  • Improved monitoring for the risk of crisis at a local level
  • Speeding up the discharge process, with an additional targeted funding of £90m in 2022-23.


We will cover the government plans to reduce reliance on mental health inpatient care and ensure people can live independently in their communities. You will gain insights on funding and where investment should be targeted to best support people. You will hear best practice guidance to help you to provide meaningful, accessible, person-centred services.

Bringing together government, public services and charities, this half day digital conference will be an opportunity for sectors to come together, share insights, network, and strengthen the support network for adults with learning disabilities and autistic people.

Department of Health and Social Care, August 2022


Tackling Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Digital Conference
Wednesday 25th January 2023
09:00 – 13:30

Join us online to hear from experts and practitioners, network with peers and share ideas to end rough sleeping in the UK.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chaired by: Jasmine Basran, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Crisis
  • Bob Blackman MP, Co-Chair, APPGEH
  • Lord Bob Kerslake, The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
  • Michelle Binfield, Rough Sleeping Programme Director, London Councils
  • Amanda Bloxsome, Best Practice and Partnerships Lead, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Joe Wheeler, Accommodation Framework Manager Housing Options, Growth and Regeneration, Adult Social Care, Bristol City Council
  • Eleanor Greenhalgh, Women’s Development Unit Manager , The Connection at St Martin’s
  • Peter Shovlin, Head of Leeds Housing Options, Leeds City Council
  • Marsha Blake, Director of Progression, St Basils
  • Rob Anderson, Head of Practice and Partnerships, Centre for Homelessness Impact
  • Professor Andrea Williamson, Professor of General Practice and Inclusion Health, University of Glasgow
  • Tilly Scott, Interim Partnership and Information Coordinator, St Martin’s Charity
  • Hazel O’Halloran, Homelessness Lead, Bromford Housing Association
  • Colm Gallagher, Clinical Lead for Homelessness, Mental Health and Homeless Team at Greater Manchester NHS
  • Emily Cole, Programme Lead, Great Places Housing Group


Sessions will cover:

  • Reviewing the 2024 target to end rough sleeping: monitoring progress and next steps
  • Developing multi agency partnerships, including health, social care, housing and third sector
  • Embedding updated guidelines and frameworks in Integrated Care Systems for people at risk of homelessness
  • Learning from the Housing First approach
  • Gain insight on evidence from alternative housing solutions across the UK
  • Understanding specific needs and recommendations to support young people and care leavers at risk of homelessness
  • Improving recruitment and capacity: building and creating a resilient staff network
  • Commissioning services to establish strong partnerships and build better services
  • Best practice for peer support groups, embedding co production and the voice of lived experience


Who should attend?

Housing Providers, Health and Care Services, Local and Central Government, Third Sector

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

This course is CPD certified.

Contribute 4 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Receive a certificate of attendance.

Discounts available:

  • Please email us for group bookings – info@westminsterinsight.com
  • Pay online by credit card and receive 10% off (This will be automatically applied when you book online).
Jamie Langstone