Raising Our Sights guides are aimed at families, commissioners and anyone responsible for supporting or developing services for people with PMLD. You can download the guides for free below.
What is Raising Our Sights?
In 2010, Professor Jim Mansell published a report called Raising Our Sights, which looked at services and support for people with PMLD. In the report, Professor Mansell outlined what is needed to improve the lives of people with PMLD. These how-to guides focus on his key recommendations.
10 how-to guides
The ten guides below cover different topics and show you how to:
- recognise good services and support for people with PMLD
- challenge and campaign where people with PMLD are not getting the right support
- make these changes happen if you're a commissioner, including checklists for commissioners on each topic.
6 videos about PMLD
These six Raising Our Sights videos accompany some of the guides and illustrate the importance of making these changes. They also highlight the impact that the right support can have on the lives of people with PMLD and their families.
Download the report Raising our Sights: services for adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, written by Professor Jim Mansell.
Download the guides
How-to guide 1: advocacy
This guide to advocacy will help local areas implement the Raising Our Sights recommendations, and understand and meet the advocacy needs of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).
How-to guide 2: clinical procedures
This clinical procedures guide will help local areas implement the Raising our Sights recommendations and ensure the inclusion of people with PMLD.
How-to guide 3: communication
This communication guide is aimed at a national level and focuses on what ‘good’ looks like and what needs to be in place to meet the communication needs of people with PMLD.
How-to guide 4: health
This health guide will help commissioners in local areas implement the recommendations from the report, and understand and meet the health needs of people with PMLD.
How-to guide 7: support for families
This guide on support for families will help local areas implement recommendations about short breaks and meet the needs of families of people with PMLD.
How-to guide 8: training the workforce
This guide to training the workforce will help local areas focus on what ‘good’ looks like, and what needs to be in place to ensure that we have the right staff to support people with PMLD and their families.
How-to guide 9: what people do in the day
This guide aims to make sure people with PMLD and their families are able to access meaningful and interesting activities in places where their needs can be met.
How-to guide 11: commissioning
This guide is aimed at commissioners and other people responsible for planning and commissioning health and social care services at a local level. It will also be useful for organisations that provide health or social care services for people with PMLD.