Learning Disabilities




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This pathway comprises two distinct services that are seamlessly integrated: Our specialist hospital service and our specialist residential service. The integration is the key feature of the pathway with an emphasis on enabling individuals to step down as soon as it is safe to do so. This has the result of eliminating the possibility of bed-blocking.

Specialist Learning Disability Hospital Service

Created to cater to the needs of men with mild to moderate LD who are stepping down from secure services or whose behaveiour in the community puts themselves and/or others at risk to the point that they need hospital care. The main aim of the service is to help these men reduce the risk they may pose to themselves and/or others and help them gain or recover skills to enable them to live in supported community settings. The aim is for them to step down to the residential service within 6 months of admission. The service has input from a full specialist team including psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, specialist nurses and social workers.

Specialist Learning Disability Residential Service

Specifically designed for individuals with learning disabilities with a history of poor response to treatment, mental health problems, substance misuse problems, impulsive and aggressive behaviour, and complex needs.  

The service is able to provide the right care for individuals stepping down from hospital whose needs cannot be accommodated in standard residential or nursing care services. The service is also able to accept individuals that may have been living in other community services but are experiencing deterioration in their presentation. In this case the service aims to prevent hospitalisation. This service is able to accept referrals directly from hospital without any need to go through our own hospital service.

Selected service includes an access to a multidisciplinary team who assist in the designing of the care plans and interventions with the residents. They are also able to intervene early and prevent deterioration maximising the chances of a successful community placement. Our clinicians include a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, consultant psychiatrists, specialty doctor, consultant psychologist and social worker.

The pathway integration enables safe and seamless transitions and reduces the risk of relapse and of taking steps backward onto secure services.

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