Learning disability market position statements, are they fit for purpose?

Sarah Broadhurst (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK)
Keri Landau (London, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Publication date: 2 October 2017



The purpose of this paper is to review whether current learning disability market position statements (MPS) are actually helping to shape the market and explore their implications for people with learning disabilities and their families.


Published learning disability MPS were identified via the Institute of Public Care’s MPS database. The quality of the MPS was analysed using a good practice checklist developed by a range of stakeholders.


Learning disability MPS are not currently fit for purpose. They demonstrate that local authorities are not fully engaging in their market-shaping duties, as required under The Care Act 2014. It is suggested that this is in part due to the lack of recognition that market shaping is a council-wide responsibility and can only be successful if senior officers across the council (and their partners) acknowledge this and are held accountable. Unless this happens, people with learning disabilities will continue to lack the enablers that support them to lead the lives they choose in their communities.


This is the first review of the quality and potential impact of learning disability MPS.



Broadhurst, S. and Landau, K. (2017), "Learning disability market position statements, are they fit for purpose?", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 198-205. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-03-2017-0011

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