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Learning disabilities
One size does not fit all: mental health services access for people with intellectual/learning disability requires individualised planning and education/training programmes for health and social care providers
  1. Anita Maestri-Banks
  1. School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, City Campus, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Anita Maestri-Banks, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University - City Campus, Liverpool L3 2ET, UK; A.M.Maestri-Banks{at}

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Commentary on: Whittle E, Fisher K, Reppermund S, et al. Access to mental health services: the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil 2018;32;1–12.

Implication for practice and research

The most relevant themes identified and to enable a more effective access to health provision in practice are

  • The need for effective collaboration between the service user, carers/advocates, service providers and interagencies.

  • The understanding that ‘one size does not fit all’ and service provision needs to be adapted for the needs of the individual.

  • The need for further education to support health and social care providers in understanding the complexities of an individual’s needs with a dual diagnosis of learning/intellectual disability and mental health and to be able to identify and deliver interagency provision lead by individual needs.

  • Further research in this area focusing on …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.