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Editorial Steve Carnaby disabilities tackles at least two of these White Paper TIZARD CENTRE objectives. He provides a useful review of the literature, making the important observation that much of the published research focuses on deficit and Since the inception of the Tizard Learning Disability disadvantage. He argues convincingly for adoption of Review it has been the editorial team’s objective to a clinical focus that explores resilience and strengths, publish reviews, research and critical analysis that as a way of developing a more positive agenda in reflect on current policy in ways that help those in working with and supporting our understanding of services implement best practice in supporting mental (ill) health in people with learning disabilities. people with learning disabilities. In this edition, the Second, social inclusion. Valuing People Now tradition continues with papers exploring the two (2007) re-affirms the Government’s commitment to main areas of physical and mental health and social enhancing social inclusion, suggesting that inclusion. It also builds on arguments about service community integration and social inclusion of people competence in meeting the policy agenda through a with learning disabilities are cornerstones of quality discussion of the very nature and underpinning of life. In a similar vein to previous longitudinal philosophy of staff training. studies of social inclusion (Cambridge et al, 2002), First, the importance of health and emotional the outcomes of Leyin’s study appear to confirm that well-being. The four main goals at the heart of the social inclusion really is about more than just being Department of Health White Paper Our Health, Our present in one’s community. Indeed, it might Care, Our Say (2006) are the importance of perhaps lead one to invest even more in the current prevention and early intervention, tackling inequalities emphasis on personalisation of support as a pathway and improving access to community services, ‘more to a genuine, subjectively felt sense of ‘belonging’. choice and a louder voice’, and more support for Third, the issue of staff education and training is people with long-term needs. Together they make for discussed in the paper by Barr and Gates, who an ambitious agenda, setting targets for commissioners suggest that competence in services needs to go far and providers that require an innovative approach in beyond what is effective now. Their argument that order to increase the personalisation of support. Two staff skills, commitment and motivation need to be papers here are directly relevant in exploring the advanced in order to ensure the development of implications of these targets. services over the next 10 to 15 years is surely very The paper from Nocon and colleagues states clearly timely, given the challenges ahead. why an emphasis on health is so important, by drawing together the findings from a range of studies and References reviews as a way of setting the scene for an account of Cambridge P, Carpenter J, Beecham J et al (2002) an investigation by the Disability Rights Commission Twelve years on: the long-term outcomes and costs of deinstitutionalisation and community care for people between 2004 and 2006. The outcomes of this with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability investigation provide a key baseline against which Review 7 (3) 34–42. initiatives attempting to address the shortcomings set Department of Health (2006) Our Care, Our Health, Our out by the White Paper can be measured. Say (Executive Summary). London: The Stationery Office. Dave Dagnan’s paper on the psychological and Department of Health (2007) Valuing People Now. emotional well-being of people with learning London: The Stationery Office. Learning Disability Review VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1 APRIL 2008 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Limited http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

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Steve Carnaby disabilities tackles at least two of these White Paper TIZARD CENTRE objectives. He provides a useful review of the literature, making the important observation that much of the published research focuses on deficit and Since the inception of the Tizard Learning Disability disadvantage. He argues convincingly for adoption of Review it has been the editorial team’s objective to a clinical focus that explores resilience and strengths, publish reviews, research and critical analysis that as a way of developing a more positive agenda in reflect on current policy in ways that help those in working with and supporting our understanding of services implement best practice in supporting mental (ill) health in people with learning disabilities. people with learning disabilities. In this edition, the Second, social inclusion. Valuing People Now tradition continues with papers exploring the two (2007) re-affirms the Government’s commitment to main areas of physical and mental health and social enhancing social inclusion, suggesting that inclusion. It also builds on arguments about service community integration and social inclusion of people competence in meeting the policy agenda through a with learning disabilities are cornerstones of quality discussion of the very nature and underpinning of life. In a similar vein to previous longitudinal philosophy of staff training. studies of social inclusion (Cambridge et al, 2002), First, the importance of health and emotional the outcomes of Leyin’s study appear to confirm that well-being. The four main goals at the heart of the social inclusion really is about more than just being Department of Health White Paper Our Health, Our present in one’s community. Indeed, it might Care, Our Say (2006) are the importance of perhaps lead one to invest even more in the current prevention and early intervention, tackling inequalities emphasis on personalisation of support as a pathway and improving access to community services, ‘more to a genuine, subjectively felt sense of ‘belonging’. choice and a louder voice’, and more support for Third, the issue of staff education and training is people with long-term needs. Together they make for discussed in the paper by Barr and Gates, who an ambitious agenda, setting targets for commissioners suggest that competence in services needs to go far and providers that require an innovative approach in beyond what is effective now. Their argument that order to increase the personalisation of support. Two staff skills, commitment and motivation need to be papers here are directly relevant in exploring the advanced in order to ensure the development of implications of these targets. services over the next 10 to 15 years is surely very The paper from Nocon and colleagues states clearly timely, given the challenges ahead. why an emphasis on health is so important, by drawing together the findings from a range of studies and References reviews as a way of setting the scene for an account of Cambridge P, Carpenter J, Beecham J et al (2002) an investigation by the Disability Rights Commission Twelve years on: the long-term outcomes and costs of deinstitutionalisation and community care for people between 2004 and 2006. The outcomes of this with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability investigation provide a key baseline against which Review 7 (3) 34–42. initiatives attempting to address the shortcomings set Department of Health (2006) Our Care, Our Health, Our out by the White Paper can be measured. Say (Executive Summary). London: The Stationery Office. Dave Dagnan’s paper on the psychological and Department of Health (2007) Valuing People Now. emotional well-being of people with learning London: The Stationery Office. Learning Disability Review VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1 APRIL 2008 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Limited

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