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Day services modernisation and social inclusion

Fabian Davis (Oxleas NHS Trust)
Sue Alder (Bromley Mind)
Phil Jones (Oxleas NHS Trust)

A Life in the Day

ISSN: 1366-6282

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



This article explores some service development practices that help to promote social inclusion through day services modernisation (DSM). It is based on the experiences of one NHS trust that successfully negotiated the transition from segregated, buildings‐based in‐house day care services operating during working hours to ones that are individualised, person‐focused and operate at times and in places used also by the general public, providing individual, person‐to‐person support to enable recovery and quality of life in the wider community. Key to success is the concept of the modern, inclusive day service as a community bridge builder operating across a number of life domains and spanning the mental health/community boundary while retaining strong connections with the rest of the mental health system.


Davis, F., Alder, S. and Jones, P. (2004), "Day services modernisation and social inclusion", A Life in the Day, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 18-24.



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