e ed di it to or ri ia al l e ed di it to or ri ia al l E Ed di it to or ri ia al l elcome to A Life in the Day, and a welcome your views on the SEU report. What warm hello from the TriNova changes on the ground are you seeing in your Wteam who have just taken up the locality? What good practice is there out there editorial reins. We are a small development that others should know about? Please use the agency working in the mental health field since journal to let others know. the late 80s, and all three of us have a long- The focus for developing better day standing personal commitment to social inclusion opportunities (as opposed to day care and issues. treatment) is now about using a person-centred We are very happy to pick up the red pen and, planning approach to identify and meet need. The with the help of a very knowledgeable editorial service user is at the centre of this planning board, we hope to maintain the extremely high process – not the provider agencies around them. standards and forward-thinking flavour set by However, letting the user define and choose Peter Bates. We’re sure we’d all like to thank where, when and what services s/he needs Peter for his sterling efforts over the last two remains a challenge. It can often mean a shift of years, and we hope that he will continue to power from providers and commissioners to the contribute his polemical and stimulating pieces user. If the current debate about patient choice is over the coming years. We hope that you, the to be at all meaningful to users, we need to see readers, will do the same. this power shift. Sara Stanton’s article in this After many years of promoting the concept of issue touches on this key point, and she has set us social inclusion in this journal, it was heartening all a challenge. to see publication last summer of the Social In addition, the concept of care pathways is Exclusion Unit’s report on mental health and now being used to re-design services. Services social exclusion. The focus of A Life in the Day should be available to meet need at any point has always been on ways to turn the concept of along a user’s care pathway, and should not be social inclusion into a reality. The challenge for limited in scope by the boundaries that constrain all of us now is to take the 27-point action plan in local agencies. We would like to see this concept the report back to our own organisations and find taken a step further. Should we not be talking ways to make it happen in our localities. PCTs about ‘opportunity pathways’, rather than care and social services have lead responsibilities for pathways? This is more than just a change in developing local action plans, but we all have a language. It would help to change mindsets in responsibility to see that these plans are those who plan, commission and deliver day ambitious, and are actually implemented. opportunities for people with mental health One of the key roles A Life in the Day can problems. play is to highlight how actions recommended in Just imagine what could happen if these three the SEU report can be implemented in practice, powerful ideas – person-centred planning, and to share this good practice more widely. We opportunity pathways and real choice – were put will continue to commission articles that promote into practice. It would go a long way towards the modernisation of day services, and to making social inclusion a reality. showcase creative and innovative approaches to developing better ‘life opportunities’. We would Adam Pozner, Judith Hammond and Mee Ling Ng A life in the day Volume 9 Issue 1 February 2005 © Pavilion
A Life in the Day – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 2005
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