2012 Awards for Excellence

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 11 January 2013




(2013), "2012 Awards for Excellence", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/tldr.2013.56218aaa.002



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2012 Awards for Excellence

Article Type: 2012 Awards for Excellence From: Tizard Learning Disability Review, Volume 18, Issue 1

The following article was selected for this year’s Outstanding Paper Award for Tizard Learning Disability Review

"Improving access to psychological therapies for people with learning disabilities"

Alan LeyinConsultant Clinical Psychologist with the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Billericay, UK

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.

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


This article originally appeared in Volume 16 Number 5, 2011, pp. 29-37, Tizard Learning Disability Review

The following articles were selected for this year’s Highly Commended Award

“Self-injury and other challenging behaviour at intervention and ten years on: a case study”

Sandy Toogood, Steven Boyd, Andy Bell and Helen Salisbury

This article originally appeared in Volume Volume 16, Number 1, Tizard Learning Disability Review

“Employment: what we have learned”

Charlotte Spencer

This article originally appeared in Volume Volume 16, Number 2, Tizard Learning Disability Review

“The health of people with autistic spectrum disorders”

Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Richard Hastings, David Felce, Andrew McCulloch and Paul Swift

This article originally appeared in Volume Volume 16, Number 4, Tizard Learning Disability Review

Outstanding Reviewers

Steven CarnabyWestminster Learning Disability Partnership, UK

Tony OsgoodTizard Centre, University of Kent, UK

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