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The implementation of the All-Wales Mental Handicap Strategy, 1983-1988

Beyer, Stephen Richard ORCID:, Todd, Stuart Philip and Felce, David John 1991. The implementation of the All-Wales Mental Handicap Strategy, 1983-1988. Mental Handicap Research 4 (2) , pp. 115-140. 10.1111/j.1468-3148.1991.tb00096.x

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The All-Wales Mental Handicap Strategy was received in 1983 as a forward looking policy designed to deliver a range of community services to people with mental handicaps and their families guided by a clear articulation of principles. A ten-year period was set, in which constituent counties would begin the process of developing local services to replace those traditionally available, aided by additional central finance especially allocated for the purpose. The commitment to achieve considerable service change in a way that accorded with a set philosophy led the Welsh Office to take concerted action to manage the Strategy and monitor its progress, attending to the planning infrastructure in counties, the basis for estimating needs, the content of plans, the formulation of progress reports, and the setting of priorities for action. This paper describes the way the Welsh Office has revised mechanisms for implementation of the Strategy in its first five years. It also reports changes in service provision achieved between 1983 and 1988. There is evidence of positive change in line with the aspirations of the Strategy, although progress in the initial years has been less good than may have been hoped. Time has been required for counties to make an effective response to the Strategy initiative. An acceleration of service development in designated core areas is anticipated over the second half of the ten-year period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0952-9608
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:39

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