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Journal article

Accessible information reconceived

Author:
OLDREIVE Warren
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 14(5), September/October 2014, pp.22-24.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The authors discuss the provision of accessible information to people with learning disabilities.They illustrate the importance of considering issues other than format, and argue that it should be a holistic person-centred process if it is to be truly effective. This process should begin by understanding what the person needs to understand and how much detail is required. There is also a need to agree and set information targets which outline what a person should be able to understand at a given point. As well as being written in an accessible way, the information should also be available when required. Involving people in developing material will also increase the chances of success. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Implementing a patient centred recovery approach in a secure learning disabilities service

Authors:
ESAN Fola, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Learning Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 3(1), 2012, pp.24-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article examines how a patient centred recovery approach was implemented in a secure learning disabilities service. The Recovery Star; a measure of individual recovery, was adopted for use among the patients. Staff underwent training on the use of the Recovery Star tool after which a multidisciplinary steering group made some modifications to the tool. It was found that implementing a recovery approach with the Recovery Star tool was a beneficial process for the service. Key workers working with patients thought that the structure of the Recovery Star tool opened up avenues for discussing topics that may otherwise have not been discussed as fully. The authors concluded that the Recovery Star tool, embedded in a care programme approach process, equips patients and staff for measuring the recovery journey.

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Getting good support: report of a survey

Authors:
PONTING Lisa, et al
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
9p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

This is an easy-read summary of a report of a survey of people with learning disabilities who get one to one support from a personal assistant. The survey was completed and return by 59 people, most of whom had a direct payment.

Journal article

Care UK

Author:
WINNEY Fran
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, May 2011, pp.20-22.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Care UK employs approximately 1,400 staff and provides 39,000 hours of support each week to more than 600 people with learning disabilities. This article explains why Care UK  have joined 'Good2Great', an international programme to encourage organisations to use person-centred thinking to lead change and enable organisations to become more person-centred.

Digital Media

It's my life, not just your job

Authors:
IVIL Ashleigh, (Director), SULLY Tim, (Producer)
Publisher:
Breakout Media
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
East Sussex

The film is about freedom to live your life your way and the part supporters have to play in celebrating individuality. Tim Sully re-enacts a painful experience and asks the viewer to consider what it feels like to be controlled or patronised. The DVD can be used as part of the staff induction and training process

Journal article

A move centre stage

Author:
JACKSON Linda
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(1), January 2010, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Enfield Council has earned Beacon status by putting the people they support at the centre of the decision-making process. Their strategy involves 4 cornerstones: consistency, enthusiasm, commitment, and evolution. Consistency has been ensured by funding a person-centred planning manager and, recently, an additional co-ordinator position. Training has been provided for all groups involved in person-centred planning including staff, the independent sector, and people with learning disabilities, and has resulted in a shared approach that has generated real enthusiasm.  All staff are committed to supporting people to achieve the goals identified in their plans, particularly through person-centred reviews. Person-centred reviews have resulted in appropriate support that uses resources effectively and makes sense to the individuals concerned. Finally, evolution has meant a willingness to try new things and make necessary changes. The article concludes that putting the individual in the centre of the decision-making process has proved to make better use of time and resources and helped eliminate the mistakes made in the past, and is transforming the lives of people who use the services.

Journal article

Barriers to using personalised technology with people with learning difficulties

Authors:
BARNARD Steve, BEYER Stephen
Journal article citation:
Journal of Assistive Technologies, 3(3), September 2009, pp.50-57.
Publisher:
Emerald

The TATE (Through Assistive Technology to Employment), project demonstrated the potential of assistive technology for people with learning difficulties; in particular a number of areas where personalised technology is appropriate. These included more accessible forms of information, more creativity in helping people to try out and use technology, increased co-ordination between personalised technology providers and social care provider staff, a greater need for an ethical framework to guide installation and delivery, greater emphasis on the impact of staff changes on client social isolation and management of workforce expectation of change due to technology. A number of case studies supported these findings. The barriers to effective use of personalised technology were found to include lack of understanding of technology among statutory and voluntary social care providers, amounting in some cases to positive resistance, funding problems in the sense of confusion as to who should fund which aspects, the ethical questions caused partly by the involvement of manufacturers of the equipment , the need for provider leadership and good practice in understanding funding streams, capital and revenue cost implications, staff roles and responsibilities, and working with and understanding other stakeholder agencies, a need for workforce training at various levels, lack of comprehensive policy (for example the UK having only recently ratified the UN Convention on Disability Rights), and lack of experience of personal budget use to provide personalised technology.

Journal article

Making connections

Authors:
SWIFT Paul, MATTINGLY Molly
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(2), April 2009, pp.28-30.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The Life in the Community project is described. The three-year project, funded by the Mental Health Foundation and the Baily Thomas Trust, aimed to explore how 40 people with complex support needs could be helped to lead more inclusive lifestyles in their local communities.

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Person centred commissioning - now: a pathway approach to commissioning learning disability support

Authors:
FULTON Kate, WINFIELD Claire
Publisher:
Improvement and Development Agency
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
London

This document explores some examples of what is working well nationally in learning disability commissioning - and how that learning could be used to develop a person-centred commissioning pathway for the future. No one area claims to have everything right, but each example shows a part of the pathway being implemented successfully, and within a person-centred approach. The report should be  useful for commissioners, especially to focus them on developing action plans for the way forward.

Journal article

Towards a more meaningful life: person centred active support

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Community Connecting, 9, Summer 2007, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Community Connecting

This article discusses the work of United Response in developing the approach Person-centred Active Support.

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