Based on the findings of a two and half year research programme undertaken by the Norah Fry Research Centre, this timely report examines the strategic changes that are occurring within learning disability services as a result of the 2001 Valuing People White Paper. It offers evidence-based examples of good practice for all those involved in planning strategic changes to, or implementing change within, services for people with learning disabilities.
The report is essential reading for managers and commissioners of learning disability services and all those involved in Learning Disability Partnership Boards. It will also be valuable to anyone with an interest in services for people with learning disabilities.
Rachel Fyson is a Research Associate at the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol. She also works for the Ann Craft Trust, University of Nottingham, researching issues around sexuality and learning disability. Linda Ward is Professor of Disability and Social Policy and Director of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol. She has researched and published widely in the field of learning disability.
Contents: Executive summary; Introduction; Strategic planning in learning disability services; Working together for strategic change: Learning Disability Partnership Boards; Commissioning and managing for strategic change; Changing support, enabling choice and independence; What happens next?