Janet Lewis commentary INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER Contact details: email@example.com perhaps because it has never had support at national level. The articles in this issue reflect the wide diversity of The Government is backing the changes taking activities that fall within the broad definition of place in learning disability services, following the ‘user involvement’, and range from structural White Paper Valuing People, and these do seem to be change, which is attempting to put service users at creating the opportunity for real shifts in power. the centre, to rather more conventional efforts to The articles by Simon Duffy about In Control and consult service users about particular services. The Tricia Nicoll on learning disability partnership recognition of the importance of involving users is boards offer exciting glimpses of significant welcome and, as Gail Mountain says in her changes achieved by putting users at the centre and Editorial, ‘we have travelled a long way in a short engaging them fully as equals. If these changes can time’. But she acknowledges that there is still some be sustained over the longer term, and if the In way to go before a user perspective is successfully Control work is a model that can be
Journal of Integrated Care – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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