Co production can lead to redistribution of power in NHS services for people with learning disabilities

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In a recent SCIE briefing, Needham (2009) defined co-production as an approach to delivering social care supports that actively encouraged input by the people who use services, emphasising that people getting support from services had assets and expertise which could help improve those services. Needham described co-production as potentially transformative, and an opportunity to rethink [read the full story…]

New website aims to bring clear and simple advice on rights to people with learning disabilities

The prescribing of psychotropics for people with intellectual disability needs to be addressed.

People with learning disabilities have faced a range of barriers when attempting to negotiate the legal system. Public law is complicated but this new guide hopes to provide clear, accurate advice in a range of areas, The guide, called ‘Know Your Rights’ has been broken down into six main themes: Housing Social and Health Care [read the full story…]

A human rights approach to risk management balances individual rights within the management strategy

The prescribing of psychotropics for people with intellectual disability needs to be addressed.

A number of recent inquiries have highlighted the concern that people with learning disabilities may on occasion be denied access to their basic human rights. The authors of this study set out to explore this concern in relation to approaches to risk management taken in services, which they suggest may focus too much on professional [read the full story…]

Australian study finds routine use of restraint on people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

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This Australian study set out to look at the use of restraints and seclusion as responses to people with learning disabilities with behaviour described as challenging. The authors point out that the prevalence rate of such restrictive practices is difficult to agree as previous studies have not used population-level data. They used data on the [read the full story…]

Involving people with learning disabilities in a secure service in risk assessment supports holistic approach and promotes trust

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A keystone of policy relating to the support of people with learning disabilities in England is the involvement of service users in planning and delivering their support. This is also reflected in policy relating to risk assessment and management processes. However, the evidence from the literature at present suggests that this involvement is not yet [read the full story…]