Learning disability market position statements, are they fit for purpose?

Sarah Broadhurst of IPC and Keri Landau analysed published learning disability market position statements to assess whether they are actually helping to shape the market and to explore their implications for people with learning disabilities and their families.

15 statements were analysed and it was concluded that learning disability market position statements are not currently fit for purpose: local authorities are not fully engaging in their market-shaping duties, as required under The Care Act 2014. It is suggested that this is in part due to the lack of recognition that market shaping is a council-wide responsibility and can only be successful if senior officers across the council (and their partners) acknowledge this and are held accountable. View the article in the Tizard Learning Disability Review.

In partnership with a range of stakeholders, and funded by the Department of Health, IPC undertook a review of market shaping in 2016. As part of the review, IPC published market shaping tools, including generic adult’s services MPS guidance and a checklist. Srah and Kerry updated the checklist to create a specific learning disability version that takes into account our approach to ‘Commissioning Ordinary Lives for People with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism’ and is therefore all age, whole systems based. View the Learning Disabilities MPS Checklist.