Adult Learning Disability Service - Lancashire
“People with learning disabilities have the same right of access to
mainstream health services as the rest of the population”
Valuing People 2001
The Adult Learning Disability Service is part of the Trust's community health services to improve the health of people with a learning disability and support them to access the health care they need by:
- Supporting mainstream health services to make reasonable adjustments to allow people with a learning disability to access them.
- Providing specialist health assessments and interventions.
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 to promote health and wellbeing.
- Provide support and advice to carers, care providers and other professionals to improve the way they help people with a learning disability.
- Develop our own and other health professionals’ skills so that we are all better able to provide healthcare to people with a learning disability including those whose behaviour is challenging or presents a risk.
- The community team works with people with a learning disability over 18 years of age (16 if they have left full-time education)
To be eligible for the service, people must fulfil the following criteria:
Have a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn new skills (impaired intelligence) with:
- A reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning) which started before adulthood (age 18) with a lasting effect on development.
- Be registered with a GP or consider themselves to live in the area.
- Have a health need that cannot be met by mainstream health services with reasonable adjustments.
The service accepts referrals from anyone; people with a learning disability may refer themselves.
All referrals are reviewed so the team can decide if they are the best people to help and to identify the clinical need and urgency.
To help with the referral process we ask that the person making the referral:
- Provides evidence that the person being referred has a learning disability
- Provides details of their GP’s name, Practice Name and address and their home address.
- Clearly describes the health need and the medication list that the person is asking for help with.
It is also important that the person being referred (or where appropriate, their carers) have given their consent for the referral to be made.
Referrals can be made by completing and emailing our referral form and enquiries can be made by either telephone or in writing, to the following: -
Adult Learning Disability Service
Darwen Resource Centre
Darwen, BB3 1AY
Tel: 01254 283300
Where the service is provided:
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale,
- Chorley & South Ribble
- Hyndburn, Ribble Valley
- West Lancashire
- Fylde & Wyre
- Lancaster & Morecambe
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