Keyworking – does it increase dependency and ‘ownership’?

East Cambs Learning Disability team have been using The Three Conversations® to rethink completely how they do their work. Instead of intake assessments, referrals, allocations and waiting lists they are learning how to have appropriate conversations with people and families, focussed on helping them to get on with their lives in their families and communities. Charlotte Kirin, the East Cambs team manager, talks about how they are taking a different approach to how they work, which except for Conversation 2,…

There is nothing special about learning disability

As an ex-head of a large joint health and social care learning disability partnership, with a budget of more than £50 million and a workforce of over 1,000, I used to take my life in my hands when I stood up and said: ‘There is nothing special about learning disability’. Who would get to me first? My own staff? The families who I knew had been let down time after time by the system that I represented? The consultant psychiatrist?…