Survey On Policy Issues Around People with Learning Difficulties.

I am doing this survey as part of my M.A. in Policy Studies. I am hoping that the knowledge gained from this research will assist to gain a greater understanding of the implementation of the Valuing People White Paper and of other policy initiatives which affect the lives of people with learning difficulties.

As the Valuing People White Paper only applies to England please only complete this survey if you live in England.

All replies to the survey will be kept strictly confidential. Information which identifies any individual person will not be used in any report of the findings or in any other way.

If you have any queries or require further information about the survey please e-mail me at neil@pop3.poptel.org.uk

Could you please complete the survey as soon as possible, preferably by Friday 1 August 2003.

To take part in the survey please answer the questions below and then submit it to me by using the submit button at the bottom of the form.

To answer the questions please either click on the arrow at the right of the answer box and then select your answer or by typing your answer in the box.

Many thanks Neil Morris



Survey On Policy Issues Around People with Learning Difficulties.

Please only complete this survey if you live in England.


1. How would you describe your involvement with people with learning difficulties?

2.What type of organisation do you work for?

3. How would you describe the values which influence your work?
(please type answer in the box)

4. What are the names of the key people who have influenced your work?
(please type answer in the box)

5. Did you take part in any consultation which might have helped shape the development of the 'Valuing People' White Paper?  

5a. If yes What was it, where was it and who ran it? (please type answer in the box)

6. Were you a member of any of the Department of Health working parties which contributed to the development of the 'Valuing People' White Paper?  

7. How much influence do you believe that people with learning difficulties had in the development of the Valuing People White Paper?  

8. How effective do you regard partnership boards in overseeing the implementation of the white paper in their local area?  

9. How much influence do you feel that people with learning difficulties have in the decisions of partnership boards  

9a. Please describe any examples that you have seen of effective work in involving people with learning difficulties in the work of partnership boards.
(please type answer in the box)

10. How effective do you regard any changes that have been introduced since the publication of the 'Valuing People' White Paper in March 2001 in each of its following stated objectives:-

A. In increasing the amount of choice and control people with learning difficulties have over their lives.  

B. In enabling young people with learning difficulties to participate in education, training or employment.  

C. In the use of person centred planning approaches to plan the services people with learning difficulties need.  

D. In increasing the help and support carers receive from all local agencies in order to fulfil their family and caring roles effectively  

E. In enabling people with learning difficulties to access a health service designed around their individual needs  

F. In enabling people with learning difficulties to have additional support where necessary when accessing a health service.  

G. In enabling people with learning difficulties to lead full and purposeful lives in their communities.  

H. In enabling people with learning difficulties to develop a range of friendships, activities and relationships.  

I. In enabling more people with learning difficulties to participate in all forms of employment  

J. In ensuring that all agencies commission and provide high quality, evidence based and continuously improving services which promote both good outcomes and best value?   

K. In ensuring that social and health care staff working with people with learning difficulties are appropriately skilled, trained and qualified. 

L. In promoting holistic services for people with learning difficulties through effective partnership working between all relevant agencies in the commissioning and delivery of services  

11. How much contribution has the Valuing People White Paper made to improving the status of people with learning difficulties in our society?  

12. How effective do you think self advocacy organisations are in bringing about policy changes for people with learning difficulties?  

12a. What do you think would make self advocacy organisations more effective?
(please type answer in the box)

13. How effective do you regard any changes that have been introduced since the publication of the 'Valuing People' White Paper in March 2001 in each of the following areas:-

A. In improving the amount of flexibility there is in support services.  

B. In improving the transport opportunities available to people with learning difficulties.  

C. In increasing the amount of independence people with learning difficulties have.  

D. In improving the support and services available to people with learning difficulties from black and minority ethnic communities  

E. In improving the support available to people with learning difficulties who require higher amounts of support.  

F. In improving the quality of support available to people with learning difficulties.  

G. In increasing the amount of information available to people with learning difficulties about their options.  

H. In improving the communication between people with learning difficulties and people who work in services.  

I. In increasing the range of services available to people with learning difficulties.  

J. In supporting by people with learning difficulties to exercise their rights.  

14. Overall how would you rate the effectiveness of the implementation of the Valuing People White Paper?  

15. Are you aware of the Human Rights Act 1998?  

16. How effective has the Human Rights Act 1998 been in enabling people with learning difficulties to exercise their rights?  

16a. Please give any examples you may know of how the Human Rights Act has affected the lives of people with learning difficulties.

17. What would you like to see done over the next 5 years to improve support and services for people with learning difficulties?

18. What has improved services for people with learning difficulties the most over the past 2 years?

19. Please list the names of up to 5 people you believe have had the most influence over services for people with learning difficulties over the last 10 years in England.

20. How much has the inclusion of people with learning difficulties in society changed over the last 10 years?  

21. How old are you?   

22. What is your job title? (please type it in the box)

23. I would describe my ethnic origin as:  

24. How many years have you worked in the field of supporting people with learning difficulties?  

25. Which Department of Health region do you work in?  
(To check on a map which region you are in please click here. A new web page will open with the map.)

26. Finally, are there any other comments you would like to make about the issues raised in this survey?

Many thanks for completing this survey. Please click on the submit button below to send it to me. Please check that you have answered all the questions in the survey before submitting!

To make sure that I receive your completed survey could you please ensure that my e-mail address neil@pop3.poptel.org.uk is written in the box below.


Thank You!