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Editorial elcome to the first issue of Advances in Mental Health monitoring tool. Scandals in the provision of support to and Learning Disabilities. This new quarterly Journal will vulnerable people continue to be reported. Closer targeted Wintegrate current research with practice and keep scrutiny of services is part of the framework necessary to practitioners up to date with a variety of different perspectives identify and prevent poor practice. on developments in the field. Issues throughout 2007 will focus The legal framework of the four UK countries differs. While on the themes of interventions to support people with mental touched upon in this issue, it is planned to widen this discussion health needs, children and autism. Our aim is to support in a future issue of the Journal. The snapshots of individual practitioners in delivering high-quality and evidence-based projects are interesting, and hopefully will stimulate debate of practice and to provide a forum for debate around current issues what the implications are for each of us in our own practice. We and opinions. We invite you to contribute research reports, hope that others will contribute comments in the form of letters service-related papers and case studies. We hope to have a lively and articles about their services. correspondence section, so please send us your letters about The two case studies illustrate how lessons learnt at a micro the things you read in the Journal or on other topics of interest. level can have a wider relevance and cause us to re-evaluate our Book and resource reviews are also planned for future issues. own work. One of the case studies highlights how physical We have started by considering the ‘state of the union’. problems may present as, or precipitate, a mental illness. Authors from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Authors from each of the four countries contributing to this have been invited to write on policy and its implementation in issue discussed the relatively poor health of people with relation to people with learning disabilities and mental health learning disabilities and various initiatives to address these. needs in the country where they work. Some authors have Most health drives concentrate on physical health rather than taken an overview of implementation; others have described mental health but the two are, of course, inter-related. We all particular services that are successfully grappling with putting value our own mental health, and that of people with learning policy into practice. disabilities should be valued too. The second case study in this As one would expect, the issues across the four countries issue demonstrates how policy has been put into practice with show similarities, strengths and weaknesses. It is clear that specialist and mainstream services working together to meet the there are differences in service provision even within each of the mental health needs of a person with learning disabilities. countries. The standards and quality indicators relevant to people with learning disabilities and mental health needs that Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy have been developed in Scotland appear to be a valuable Editors Call for papers Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities welcomes the submission of articles and correspondence from practitioners, managers and academics who are involved in delivering practice to people with learning disabilities with additional mental health needs. Submissions will be considered in the following categories: 4 case studies 4 general papers 4 letters on published articles 4 research reports 4 book reviews 4 correspondence on topical issues. Please send all contributions and correspondence to the editors: Email: steven.hardy@kcl.ac.uk and geraldine.holt@kcl.ac.uk Post: Dr Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy, Editors, Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, The Estia Centre, Munro - Guy’s Hospital, 66 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SS, UK Further information can be obtained from the inside back cover of this issue or the Pavilion website: www.pavpub.com/pavpub/journals/aimhld Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Volume 1 Issue 1 March 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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1753-0180
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Abstract

elcome to the first issue of Advances in Mental Health monitoring tool. Scandals in the provision of support to and Learning Disabilities. This new quarterly Journal will vulnerable people continue to be reported. Closer targeted Wintegrate current research with practice and keep scrutiny of services is part of the framework necessary to practitioners up to date with a variety of different perspectives identify and prevent poor practice. on developments in the field. Issues throughout 2007 will focus The legal framework of the four UK countries differs. While on the themes of interventions to support people with mental touched upon in this issue, it is planned to widen this discussion health needs, children and autism. Our aim is to support in a future issue of the Journal. The snapshots of individual practitioners in delivering high-quality and evidence-based projects are interesting, and hopefully will stimulate debate of practice and to provide a forum for debate around current issues what the implications are for each of us in our own practice. We and opinions. We invite you to contribute research reports, hope that others will contribute comments in the form of letters service-related papers and case studies. We hope to have a lively and articles about their services. correspondence section, so please send us your letters about The two case studies illustrate how lessons learnt at a micro the things you read in the Journal or on other topics of interest. level can have a wider relevance and cause us to re-evaluate our Book and resource reviews are also planned for future issues. own work. One of the case studies highlights how physical We have started by considering the ‘state of the union’. problems may present as, or precipitate, a mental illness. Authors from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Authors from each of the four countries contributing to this have been invited to write on policy and its implementation in issue discussed the relatively poor health of people with relation to people with learning disabilities and mental health learning disabilities and various initiatives to address these. needs in the country where they work. Some authors have Most health drives concentrate on physical health rather than taken an overview of implementation; others have described mental health but the two are, of course, inter-related. We all particular services that are successfully grappling with putting value our own mental health, and that of people with learning policy into practice. disabilities should be valued too. The second case study in this As one would expect, the issues across the four countries issue demonstrates how policy has been put into practice with show similarities, strengths and weaknesses. It is clear that specialist and mainstream services working together to meet the there are differences in service provision even within each of the mental health needs of a person with learning disabilities. countries. The standards and quality indicators relevant to people with learning disabilities and mental health needs that Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy have been developed in Scotland appear to be a valuable Editors Call for papers Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities welcomes the submission of articles and correspondence from practitioners, managers and academics who are involved in delivering practice to people with learning disabilities with additional mental health needs. Submissions will be considered in the following categories: 4 case studies 4 general papers 4 letters on published articles 4 research reports 4 book reviews 4 correspondence on topical issues. Please send all contributions and correspondence to the editors: Email: steven.hardy@kcl.ac.uk and geraldine.holt@kcl.ac.uk Post: Dr Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy, Editors, Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, The Estia Centre, Munro - Guy’s Hospital, 66 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SS, UK Further information can be obtained from the inside back cover of this issue or the Pavilion website: www.pavpub.com/pavpub/journals/aimhld Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Volume 1 Issue 1 March 2007 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd

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Advances in Mental Health and Learning DisabilitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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