What are the barriers to appropriate service provision for supporting the mental health needs of adults with a learning disability?

Goldring, Jayne (2009) What are the barriers to appropriate service provision for supporting the mental health needs of adults with a learning disability? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The needs of people with learning disabilities and mental health problems and how these should be met, have been a matter of debate for over fifty years. While progress has been made from the segregation of people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems in large institutions which provided the full range of services and were considered to be inadequate, inferior and even abusive, these concerns remained unresolved and had simply been shifted into the realms of community care provision. Despite the Governments attempts to address these issues and provide guidance regarding the responsibilities of health and local authorities towards people with a dual diagnosis, evidence suggested that barriers to appropriate support and treatment still remain. Critical evaluation of the key issues such as difficulties in formulating diagnosis, the concept of ‘challenging behaviour’, policy, discrimination and service provision enabled identification of the main barriers in accessing appropriate health and social care. From the evidence identified, ten recommendations were drawn from the study to enable improved access to appropriate services to support the mental health needs of adults with learning disabilities.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:08
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/2330

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