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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with learning disabilities

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with learning disabilities Purpose – This paper considers the applicability of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative in meeting the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities. Design/methodology/approach – The author considers the nature of the IAPT service, the potential benefits, the potential barriers and how local services could be better adapted to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. Findings – Although the IAPT service is well established for the mainstream population, for people with learning disabilities there are deficits and barriers at many levels. Increased attention should be given to removing barriers to access; the provision of “reasonable adjustments” in treatment; and to the monitoring of uptake and outcomes. Even with these issues addressed, the service will not meet the mental health needs of all people with learning disabilities. Originality/value – Whilst acknowledging the potential value of IAPT, without specific consideration being given, mainstream approaches to mental health will not be applicable to all people with learning disabilities: “reasonable adjustments” need to be made not only at the direct clinical level but also throughout the system, from service commissioning to outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with learning disabilities

Tizard Learning Disability Review , Volume 16 (5): 9 – Oct 14, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/13595471111185747
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper considers the applicability of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative in meeting the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities. Design/methodology/approach – The author considers the nature of the IAPT service, the potential benefits, the potential barriers and how local services could be better adapted to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. Findings – Although the IAPT service is well established for the mainstream population, for people with learning disabilities there are deficits and barriers at many levels. Increased attention should be given to removing barriers to access; the provision of “reasonable adjustments” in treatment; and to the monitoring of uptake and outcomes. Even with these issues addressed, the service will not meet the mental health needs of all people with learning disabilities. Originality/value – Whilst acknowledging the potential value of IAPT, without specific consideration being given, mainstream approaches to mental health will not be applicable to all people with learning disabilities: “reasonable adjustments” need to be made not only at the direct clinical level but also throughout the system, from service commissioning to outcomes.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 14, 2011

Keywords: Mental health services; Learning disabilities; Intellectual disabilities; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; Barriers to inclusion

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