Listen: UCL launches Centre for Health Service Research in Intellectual Disabilities
15 July 2010
UCL has launched a pioneering Centre for Health Service Research in Intellectual Disabilities (CHSRID).
The centre has been established to conduct high quality, multi-disciplinary research to ensure that health service provision for people with intellectual disabilities actively contributes to their quality of life. It also aims to remove the stigma attached with intellectual disability in the UK.
The launch event welcomed people with learning disabilities, their families and carers to UCL to share their experiences with researchers and experts in health and social services, along with local intellectual health groups and charities.
Talking at the event, Frank Earley, joint strategic commissioner for learning disabilities at Camden Council, said: "We're very conscious in Camden that, in UCL, we've got a world class institution on our doorstep where the local authority and the local health services can come together with academia and think about how we can develop and improve the lives of the local population."
Dr Katrina Scior, a co-founder of the CHSRID and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, said: "A key aim of the centre is to produce interdisciplinary research to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for people with learning disabilities."
In this audio, Dr Katrina Scior and Dr Angela Hassiotis explain more about the launch and the aims of the centre alongside local residents and other interested parties explaining its importance.Listen!
Image Above: Lizzie Emeh of Heart n'Soul, who performed at the CHSRID launch event and who is one of the first solo artists with learning disabilities to release an album to the general public