A Psychosocial Profile of Hospital‐Based Adults with Learning Disability Prior to Community Relocation

David Newman (Learning Disability Services Doncaster)
Melanie Platten (Norvic Clinic, Norwich)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Publication date: 1 January 2007


Following the implementation of key actions resulting from Valuing People (DoH, 2001), people with learning disabilities resident in hospital will be relocated into the community. This paper examines psychological, social and quality of life indicators applied to a group of 50 service users, 36 of whom are soon to be relocated into community housing. The methodology employs a range of psychometric measures in order to describe intellectual and social functioning, mental health, levels of challenging behaviour and quality of life and choice opportunities. The aim was to compile a profile of the individuals as a group in order to inform service planning and provision. Results illustrate that the group contains a range of individuals with complex and enduring needs. A discussion of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for these individuals and the services that support them is presented. The study presents an opportunity to re‐apply this methodology in future years in order to evaluate whether community living has brought tangible benefits to the group.


Newman, D. and Platten, M. (2007), "A Psychosocial Profile of Hospital‐Based Adults with Learning Disability Prior to Community Relocation", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 36-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200700005

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