How far have services for adults with learning difficulties come, will personalisation truly be effective for this service user group or is it just a political smokescreen? ‘From institutionalisation to personalisation’: a literature review

Pickles, Emma (2010) How far have services for adults with learning difficulties come, will personalisation truly be effective for this service user group or is it just a political smokescreen? ‘From institutionalisation to personalisation’: a literature review. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study outlines and examines the historical context for adults with learning difficulties. Institutionalisation has been explored leading to the shaping legislation and policy that has driven services towards Personalisation. This study draws upon other research and literature in order to piece together the complex social policy and theoretical perspectives that have determined services from the mid 20th century to today’s current agenda. This was achieved by reviewing literature available from a range of academics, Government documents and service users. The research concludes by drawing on the arguments from literature finding that legislation and policy has, indeed led up to Personalisation which itself appears to aim for empowerment and inclusion. However, whilst for some with mild to moderate learning difficulties, personalisation as a growing concept is having some positive impact, there is clear evidence to suggest the agenda becoming a means to save money. There is very little evidence to gain a clear picture of how Personalisation achieves positive change for those with profound, multiple learning difficulties. This has led to an inconclusive conclusion, however recommendations for practice improvement within the realms of Personalisation have been outlined given the findings of this study.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/821

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