A postal questionnaire assessing key professionals' and managers' views about local services achieved an overall 72% response rate. The results demonstrated concerns about the range, quantity and quality of mental health and social care provision for adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in all 15 districts. Only eight (14%) respondents provided specific local service utilisation data, and confusions about care co-ordination responsibilities were evident. Improving future service provision should involve utilising needs assessments and quality assurance data to better inform multi-agency commissioning and purchasing strategies.
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