UCL Public Policy


Challenging Behaviours: Effective Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities

"Every part of the system must be working to drive up standards and to prevent this happening again." – Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health: Statement on Winterbourne View.

Monday 24 October, 2011

A note of the seminar discussion is available here (pdf).
A policy briefing on the UCL research is available here (pdf).

Recent controversies over care for people with intellectual disabilities have highlighted significant challenges and difficulties in providing appropriate and high-quality care, particularly in dealing with challenging behaviours.

Society has a clear responsibility towards vulnerable people and for ensuring the effective care of people with intellectual disabilities. However, questions remain around how best care can be delivered, what the most effective interventions are, how to ensure appropriate training for carers, and how to balance escalating care needs with increasing pressures on costs.

Determining the best policies for the care of people with intellectual disabilities thus remains a significant challenge. Recent research from UCL suggests that an established and cost-neutral intervention can reduce challenging behaviours and deliver real improvements through specialist services.

This seminar brings together researchers, carers’ organisations and policy-makers to consider the implications of research into care for people with intellectual disabilities, and how research findings might be effectively translated into policy.

It will consider how different groups involved in care for people with intellectual disabilities can learn from research, and how robust evidence-informed policies on care delivery can be developed.

  • Dr Angela Hassiotis (UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit)
  • Vivien Cooper (The Challenging Behaviour Foundation)
  • Sue Carmichael (former National Lead for Health and People with Complex Needs, Department of Health)

Chaired by Dr Ian Hall (Chair of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Psychiatrists)