Commentary on “workforce development: perspectives from people with learning disabilities”

Martin Stevens*

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore links between the staff values and skills identified by Davies and Matuska and other literature. The commentary aims to place these values and skills in the context of established approaches to working with people with learning disabilities, to explore their impact on recruitment and to outline limitations on their applications. Design/methodology/approach: The commentary explores the implications of Davies and Matuska’s findings, relating these to previous research and policy literature. Findings: The commentary argues that it is important to stress the complexity of working with people with learning disabilities and the qualities of workers required. In addition, the importance of values-based recruitment (VBR) is also supported. Finally, the commentary points to the importance of creative ways of overcoming the limitations presented by current austerity policies. Originality/value: The commentary links characteristics and skills of staff valued by people with learning disabilities with person-centred care and VBR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Adult social care
  • Intellectual disability
  • Personalization
  • Profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
  • Recruitment
  • Workforce


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