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Saturday 18 August 2018
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Learning disabilities service

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Having a learning disability is a permanent condition affecting around 2% of the population. Our bedless service aims to ensure that specialist help is available when and where it is needed.

Our team of learning disabilities specialists have a wide range of skills and a depth of knowledge, experience and excellence that enables us to help people with learning disabilities living with additional complex health needs.

The learning disabilities service, which support residents aged 18 and over from both Derby City and Southern Derbyshire, provides assessment, intervention, treatment, advice, guidance and training as required.

Our learning disabilities services include:

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Also, based at St Andrews House in Derby, the team provides an assessment, treatment and support service, 24-hour crisis response service, training and development lead and a strategic health facilitation team. A learning disability acute liaison nurse is also based at the Royal Derby Hospital to support people who have a learning disability when they visit the hospital.

By coupling innovation with community-based services for people with complex learning disabilities, we are helping keep people within their communities at times when their needs go beyond the remit of mainstream health services to ensure better outcomes. We have already helped secure an 80% reduction in expensive out-of-area placements by providing intensive and flexible home support.

Learn more about the different types of learning disabilities, how to cope with a diagnosis and challenging behaviour, and much more, by visiting our live well with a learning disability page.



People that can give you advice

Our Community Teams can help individuals with significant learning disabilities who need specialist support: Click here to find out more

For information about improving the health of people with learning disabilities contact our Strategic Health Facilitation team: 01332 268455

Patients with Learning Disabilities attending the Royal Derby Hospital can have help from Debbie Edwards Acute Liaison Nurse for Learning Disabilities.  You can contact her on 01332 340131 ext 88611. Click here to see the website for information about Debbie and the Hospital. NHS Choices have a guide to help people with a learning disability to prepare for a stay in hospital.

Our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs) can advise you about local services and help you with any questions or concerns. Tel: 0800 783 7279

Click here to find out more about how to look after yourself and keep well



Other people and organisations that may be able to help


Information about your health


To find out more about learning disabilities, see NHS Choices and the Mencap site

GMC advice for doctors on treating patients with a learning disability

Reasonable Adjustments Wheel
Reasonable Adjustments Wheel

To print a copy of the Reasonable Adjustments Wheel click here

Easy News is the first newspaper designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities.

Politics and the news are often inaccessible to people with learning disabilities because of the use of jargon and difficult language. Easy News will be published every two months and will be available in print and online. An audio version will also be available on CD and online.