The Community Learning Disability Team is a specialist health service for people with learning disabilities. They operate as a multi-disciplinary team.
The Community Learning Disability Team is comprised of the following:
- Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants
- Community Nurses and Health Facilitators
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Clinical Assistants
Clinicians within the teams are managed by and professionally accountable to professional Heads of Service. There is strong collective accountability and management of the teams through the CLDT Leadership and Management Group.
The service offers comprehensive, integrated, holistic, specialist health care assessment and intervention to people with learning disabilities who fulfil the criteria for access to the service. Functions of the team include:
- Assessment, diagnosis and intervention in a range of conditions and presentations associated with learning disability.
- Directly support individuals or work through an intermediary, such as a family member or paid carer.
- Work closely with primary and secondary health services to make sure that appropriate health and other services are accessed.
- Undertake ‘enabling work’ with service providers, to improve approaches to enable others to better meet the needs of this population as required under the Disability Discrimination Act to promote good health and wellbeing.
- Contribute to the delivery of national policies.
- Support to improve social inclusion.