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Kirklees Multi-Agency Practice Development Group (PDG)

October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

How do I book a place?
If you’re interested in attending please contact Roger Abbott, WY-FI Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator:
Email: roger.abbott@humankindcharity.org.uk

Telephone: 0113 887 0045
Mobile: 07885 806 114

Read the notes from the last PDG here.

Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups
The WY-FI Project is establishing five Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups (PDGs) across West Yorkshire for front-facing staff who work with people experiencing multiple needs.

Who should attend?
Any member of front-facing staff from organisations who support, or at least have contact with, people with multiple needs

Who facilitates the group?
The groups are facilitated by WY-FI’s Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator

Aims of the group
With a focus on people with multiple needs, the aims of the group are to develop practice by:

  • Improving confidence and skills in working with challenging individuals
  • To understand each other’s work
  • To share good practice
  • To support each other to overcome specific difficulties
  • To identify any gaps or barriers in services, and
  • To improve the service user experience of services

Format of the group
It is important that the PDG meets the needs of the attendees and will be developed collaboratively with the above aims in mind. Kirklees has an established group which is engaged in reflective practice following an action learning model. Other areas are focussing on networking, understanding each other’s services and how they can link up. Once this mutual understanding and trust is established, the group can engage in reflective practice following a model they feel is appropriate for them.

It is good practice for organisations to provide an opportunity for those attending the PDG to share their learning and experiences with colleagues in their teams and the wider organisation.

What topics are discussed?

  • Engagement
  • Attachment and dependency
  • Vicarious trauma
  • The role of Peer Mentors
  • Boundaries
  • Critical health conditions
  • No recourse to public funds
  • Abusive relationships

We’re learning that:

  • PDGs are really useful for problem-solving, peer support and sharing best practice
  • Successful PDGs require senior managers to actively promote them
  • The role of Navigators is considered critical by the wider workforce

Feedback from PDG Participants
“Nice to know we’re in the same boat!”
“Good to learn about each other’s roles”
“Really useful”
“I feel re-energised”


October 23, 2019
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


0113 887 0053


Clare House
19 Clare Hill
Huddersfield, HD1 5BS United Kingdom
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