Commentary on “learning disability services: user views on transition planning”

Jane Hughes, Sue Davies, Helen Chester, Paul Clarkson, Karen Stewart, David Challis

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the views of people with learning disabilities on issues associated with continuity of care in the transition from full-time education to adult care and support.

Data collection was undertaken with people with learning disabilities and staff in two advocacy organisations in one area of England in 2012. In total, 19 participants attended three focus groups. Analysis focussed on continuity of care and was guided by the framework approach to qualitative analysis.

Teachers, social workers in children’s services and youth workers were identified as making important contributions to the transition process. Information relating to learning and social development was identified as most important to inform transition planning with less priority accorded to health, communication, and self-care and independence. Participants appeared to value principles which underpin continuity of care.

Research limitations/implications
This study provides insights into attributes of continuity of care valued by people with a learning disability. Possibilities of translating these attributes into practice within localities are explored. Findings could be used to inform strategic planning locally to promote service integration thereby contributing to continuity of care within transition planning.

Continuity of care in the transition planning process is highlighted in policy guidance with recognition that both practice and procedures require improvement. This research explores areas for development from the perspective of people with learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalThe Tizard Learning Disability Review
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Adult social care
  • Autism
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning disabilities
  • Transition

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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