New Models for Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative national learning event: Event summary

The New Models for Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative Team are pleased to share with stakeholders a summary of our recent National Learning Event.

Introducing the develop stage

The New Models for Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative presented an update on progress and an overview of the develop stage of the Scottish Approach to Service Design.  The first step in the develop stage is to generate ideas (commonly referred to as ideation).

A tool designed for idea generation tested with health and social care partnership (HSCP) project teams in October was explored within the event with a broader range of stakeholders. This approach introduces a new way of working together to explore ideas, while respecting the value of different perspectives. 

Key learnings: Generating Ideas

The key learnings from the generating ideas tool were that:

  • Using this technique helps to avoid groupthink, hierarchy and closed thinking
  • It encourages and brings to the table range of perspectives 
  • It supports rapid generation of improvement ideas (eg 23 people generated 201 ideas in 20 minutes)
  • Teams highlighted the importance of having time to think, to be creative
  • The approach was seen as useful, e.g. “I can take this to the staff to work with
  • It supports co-design by combining ideas, building on ideas and breaking down the challenges to new ways of working


The Inspired Community Enterprise Trust (ICET)

The Inspired Community Enterprise Trust is a not-for-personal-profit company trading for social good as The Usual Place Café. They presented on their Autism awareness and employability programme, alongside two of their employees with lived experience who shared their stories.

Key learnings: Employment

For all businesses and organisations, including service providers, the key considerations were: 

  • Give people opportunities to work or volunteer with you. This will diversify your workforce and support an inclusive work environment.
  • Remember that people want a life, not a service. People want to work to earn a living, to grow in confidence, to help others and to build and demonstrate their skills.
  • Think critically about your pathways in services. Don’t look at opportunities like volunteering or day support as an end-point for people. See it as a launch-pad for a better life. 

Useful links

You can find more of the delivery partners we have worked with in the New Models for Learning Disability Day Support Collaborative on the Additional Programme Information page.