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Editorial his issue is devoted primarily to diversity. This topic can be colleagues discuss possible contributory factors to this variation. interpreted in many ways. We have chosen to explore some Ethnicity affects pathways into care and experiences of services. Tof them, although we expect that future issues will The authors suggest ways in which services can improve their continue this theme. cultural competence. The public often do not view people with learning disabilities Spirituality is a term which is interpreted variously. Perhaps as having equal rights. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on this uncertainty over what it is has helped make it an area of life Human Rights, under the chairmanship of Andrew Dinsmore MP, that is often neglected or ignored in thinking about people with recently investigated and reported on the human rights of leaning disabilities, especially those with mental illness. people with learning disabilities. It is apparent that there is a Ferguson and Scott explore the spiritual dimension in mental need for advocacy to ensure that people with learning health care and its relevance to people with learning disabilities. disabilities are aware of their rights and how to ask for them. They argue that addressing spiritual needs is an integral part of Lawson and colleagues examine in this issue the efforts and providing whole-person practice. Development of a impact of policy and legislation in the UK to address the human multidisciplinary, multi-agency working group to scope the rights of people with learning disabilities with mental health issues in one learning disabilities service is explored, and their needs. This is set in a global context, with reference to the work findings from a brief survey of staff are described, as are the of the United Nations and the European Union. developments that have ensued. This is a fascinating and Learning disability services have traditionally been viewed as practical piece of work, which should encourage others to tackle gender-blind. However, if we are to address our clients’ needs, a this important aspect of the lives of the people we support. gendered perspective is essential. O’Hara discusses gender Lack of access for people with learning disabilities to health equality, and how, even in the UK, differences between the lives services has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. Tuffrey- of men and women are often not due to individual choices. She Wijne and colleagues report on a study that suggests that people reviews the literature on gender as it affects individual with learning disabilities are less likely to be referred to specialist vulnerability and risk, health care planning, organisation and palliative care professionals. They discuss the possible reasons delivery, with a specific focus on those with learning disabilities for this and how they might be overcome. Positive examples of and mental health needs. collaboration between palliative care services and learning The balance between empowering and protecting people with disability services are given. This article is important, now that learning disabilities is a challenge we all face in services. Hall people with learning disabilities are living longer and services are and Yacoub explore this in their interesting article reviewing seeking to address the needs of those with life-limiting illness. policy, legislation and the literature on the sexual lives and This issue’s case report is a detailed study of the use of relationships of people with learning disabilities. They refer to antipsychotic medication in a woman with learning disabilities some of their own work on what people with learning disabilities and mental health needs at various points in her life. Edwards feel about how services respond to these issues. explores the complex relationship between the expectations and Miller and Kiani focus on the inter-relationships between experiences of their use by the woman, her family, clinicians, hearing impairment, learning disability services and mental ill- services and society. health. Hearing impairments are frequently missed, particularly We have two commentaries: Morris on Challenging in children and adults with learning disabilities. They discuss the Behaviour: A Unified Approach, and Barron and colleagues on reasons for this and the challenge it offers to services, and make A Life Like No Other: A National Audit of Specialist Inpatient practical suggestions on how to address them. It appears that Healthcare Services for People with Learning Difficulties in hearing impairment influences the presentation of metal illness. England. We hope they will stimulate you to read the full reports. Living in the UK, we are aware of the rich ethnic diversity of the population. Certain ethnic groups are particularly prone to Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy mental illness and to learning disabilities. McCarthy and Editors Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Volume 2 Issue 2 June 2008 © 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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his issue is devoted primarily to diversity. This topic can be colleagues discuss possible contributory factors to this variation. interpreted in many ways. We have chosen to explore some Ethnicity affects pathways into care and experiences of services. Tof them, although we expect that future issues will The authors suggest ways in which services can improve their continue this theme. cultural competence. The public often do not view people with learning disabilities Spirituality is a term which is interpreted variously. Perhaps as having equal rights. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on this uncertainty over what it is has helped make it an area of life Human Rights, under the chairmanship of Andrew Dinsmore MP, that is often neglected or ignored in thinking about people with recently investigated and reported on the human rights of leaning disabilities, especially those with mental illness. people with learning disabilities. It is apparent that there is a Ferguson and Scott explore the spiritual dimension in mental need for advocacy to ensure that people with learning health care and its relevance to people with learning disabilities. disabilities are aware of their rights and how to ask for them. They argue that addressing spiritual needs is an integral part of Lawson and colleagues examine in this issue the efforts and providing whole-person practice. Development of a impact of policy and legislation in the UK to address the human multidisciplinary, multi-agency working group to scope the rights of people with learning disabilities with mental health issues in one learning disabilities service is explored, and their needs. This is set in a global context, with reference to the work findings from a brief survey of staff are described, as are the of the United Nations and the European Union. developments that have ensued. This is a fascinating and Learning disability services have traditionally been viewed as practical piece of work, which should encourage others to tackle gender-blind. However, if we are to address our clients’ needs, a this important aspect of the lives of the people we support. gendered perspective is essential. O’Hara discusses gender Lack of access for people with learning disabilities to health equality, and how, even in the UK, differences between the lives services has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. Tuffrey- of men and women are often not due to individual choices. She Wijne and colleagues report on a study that suggests that people reviews the literature on gender as it affects individual with learning disabilities are less likely to be referred to specialist vulnerability and risk, health care planning, organisation and palliative care professionals. They discuss the possible reasons delivery, with a specific focus on those with learning disabilities for this and how they might be overcome. Positive examples of and mental health needs. collaboration between palliative care services and learning The balance between empowering and protecting people with disability services are given. This article is important, now that learning disabilities is a challenge we all face in services. Hall people with learning disabilities are living longer and services are and Yacoub explore this in their interesting article reviewing seeking to address the needs of those with life-limiting illness. policy, legislation and the literature on the sexual lives and This issue’s case report is a detailed study of the use of relationships of people with learning disabilities. They refer to antipsychotic medication in a woman with learning disabilities some of their own work on what people with learning disabilities and mental health needs at various points in her life. Edwards feel about how services respond to these issues. explores the complex relationship between the expectations and Miller and Kiani focus on the inter-relationships between experiences of their use by the woman, her family, clinicians, hearing impairment, learning disability services and mental ill- services and society. health. Hearing impairments are frequently missed, particularly We have two commentaries: Morris on Challenging in children and adults with learning disabilities. They discuss the Behaviour: A Unified Approach, and Barron and colleagues on reasons for this and the challenge it offers to services, and make A Life Like No Other: A National Audit of Specialist Inpatient practical suggestions on how to address them. It appears that Healthcare Services for People with Learning Difficulties in hearing impairment influences the presentation of metal illness. England. We hope they will stimulate you to read the full reports. Living in the UK, we are aware of the rich ethnic diversity of the population. Certain ethnic groups are particularly prone to Geraldine Holt and Steve Hardy mental illness and to learning disabilities. McCarthy and Editors Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Volume 2 Issue 2 June 2008 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd

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