About Adult Learning Disabilities Service
Who are we?
We are an integrated team consisting of social
workers, community nurses, community team assistants, carer's
development worker and administrative staff.
All of our services are supported by friendly, professional and
knowledgeable staff who are motivated to support and care for
adults with learning disabilities.
What do we do?
We provide a specialist service to adults who
are 18 years old and over, have a formal learning disabilities
diagnosis and who live in North Bedfordshire. The team can
offer support and advice with specialist health care need.
- mental health
- complex physical needs
- challenging behaviour
and social care needs such as:
- Direct Payments
- Day opportunities (college, vocational courses)
- Employment opportunities
- Help to live at home
- Respite Care
- Carer's assessment
The assessment, care management and specialist nursing support
are the core work that is provided by the Adult Learning Disability
Team. This is because we have a legal responsibility to carry out
Community Care assessments.
How do we do this?
A referral is made to the team. This is
discussed at a meeting.
We will complete an assessment in the next 14 days unless it is
urgent - then we will see you a lot sooner.
You will then be given a Named Worker. The worker who supports you
could be a social worker, a community nurse (known as a lead
practitioner) or a community team assistant.
- We will discuss and agree your needs with you.
- We will contact other professionals.
- We will help you plan to meet your health and social care
- We may refer you to other people / services.
- We will write the care plan with you and give you a copy.
- The care plan will tell you what is going to happen and when
and who will be doing it.
- We will set a date when we can review the care plan.
- The Team will carry out what was agreed in the care plan.
- They will make sure that other people named in the care plan
will carry out what they have agreed.
- We will meet you to see if you have been happy with the support
you have received.
- We will look to see if anything else needs changing.
- The care plan will either be updated or we agree that our work
will be finished.
- When our work has finished we will tell you.
- We will also tell other people who know you.
- We will make sure that you know how to contact the team if you
need us in the future.
Other services that the team may offer include:
- advice and guidance
- training for carers
- health promotion
- support in accessing mainstream services
- signposting onto other agencies
- working with other agencies
The Adult Learning Disability Team may contact the following
agencies to support you:
- Other health and social service professionals eg clinical
services, psychology, occupational therapists
- Housing authorities
- Education, schools and colleges
- Mental health services
- Primary Care Trusts, GPs, District Nurses
- Benefits Agency, employment agencies and volunteers
- Advocacy services
- Registered care providers
- Day service providers
- Supported living providers
- Leisure service providers
- Voluntary organisations eg Mencap
Referrals to the team can be made by people who have a learning
disability, their carers other people who may be supporting you
with your consent.