All Age Learning Disability Service:
Adult Learning Disability Community Health Teams
“People with learning disabilities have the same right of access to mainstream health services as the rest of the population”
(Valuing People, 2001)
Our service is ‘All Age’ because we recognise that some people with learning disabilities need support for the whole of their lives.
However, we also recognise that the needs of adults are different to the needs of children and young people. Therefore, there are two separate specialisms within the All Age Service.
This factsheet provides information about services provided by the Adult Learning Disability Community Health Teams.
The Adult Learning Disability Community Health Teams aim to improve the health of people with a learning disability and support them to access the health care they need.
We can do this by:
- Promoting liberty, choice, and equal opportunities.
- Supporting access to mainstream health services.
- Recognising the impact of learning disability and associated health and wellbeing needs.
- Promoting health checks and health planning.
- Promoting health equality and reasonable adjustments.
- Promoting healthier life choices.
- Supporting wellbeing.
- Reducing hospital admissions.
- Supporting effective hospital discharges.
- Reducing disability discrimination.
We believe that people with a learning disability have a right to:
- Equal access to healthcare.
- Respect and understanding.
- Receive services that are in their best interests -
(When they are not able to make decisions for themselves).
- Appropriate support to make decisions.
- Have choice, information and equal opportunities.
What we do:
- Work directly with people with a learning disability, and their family or carers, to promote health and wellbeing.
- Provide specialist assessments and interventions to enable care providers/families to support the individual’s health and behavioural needs in a person centred way.
- Multi-disciplinary clinical interventions that may include nursing, psychology, psychiatry, Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and physiotherapy (**please note local variations may apply).
- Dynamic risk assessment, promoting positive risk taking, and reducing harm.
- Joint work with other agencies and health care services to improve healthcare provision and outcomes.
- Work with the Police and criminal justice services to ensure people with a learning disability receive appropriate holistic care and treatment, if they come into contact with forensic services.
- The adult service accepts referrals for people 18 years and over, from a variety of sources, including the person requiring support, family/carer, or any professional involved in their care.
- A professional would require the consent, wherever possible, of the person prior to submitting the referral. However, consultation is available, if required.
- Referrals can be made by either telephone (person or family/carer) or submitting a written form (professional). However, consultation is available, if required.
- All referrals are reviewed so that the team can decide if they are the best people to help and to identify the clinical need and urgency.
To be eligible for the service, a person must fulfil the following criteria:
- Provide evidence indicating/suggesting that the person has a learning disability.
- Be registered with a local GP.
- Have a health or wellbeing need that cannot be met by mainstream health services, with reasonable adjustments.
Our services are provided across Lancashire and South Cumbria:
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale,
- Hyndburn, Ribble Valley
- Chorley & South Ribble
- West Lancashire
- Fylde & Wyre
- Lancaster & Morecambe
- South Cumbria
Referrals and enquiries can be made by either telephone or in writing to the following: -
All Age Learning Disability Service
Darwen Resource Centre
Darwen, BB3 1AY
Tel: 01772 520202
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