Learning disabilities

The aim of our work is to provide services for adults who have a learning disability.

Learning Disability services - Adults

Across Devon we aim to make all health care services accessible to people who have learning disabilities.

As commissioners, we expect services to be safe and treat individuals with dignity and respect.
 
We are keen to make sure that services are equipped to meet the wide range of needs in our population and will continue to support primary and secondary care services to achieve this.

The aim of our work is to provide services for adults who have a learning disability.
  
We provide help and support to individuals who either need specialist services, or help people use universal health services such as primary care, like seeing a doctor or to help when people use hospital services.

Some services will work across into children’s services. It is to make sure that there is a smooth transition for young people into adult services.

Services we commission

We commission a wide range of services:

  • Community teams: we have a wide range of staff to provide help - these include nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, consultant psychiatry, and psychology.
  • Additional support teams: these are linked to community teams and can offer advice for individuals and families about positive behavioural support, and can help in developing effective coping strategies.
  • We also have an in-patient unit in Exeter which provides inpatient care that includes short-term assessment and treatment, specialist provision for autism, and longer-term care. This is consultant led.
  • We can offer specialist nursing support in general hospitals where we have a small number of learning disability liaison nurses. They help hospital staff meet the needs of people who have a learning disability and offer advice and support.
  • We also have a number of primary care learning disability liaison nurses who can help when individuals find tests and screening difficult. They can support people about key procedures over time so it is easier to cope with. For information on how to access this service please see the information below.
Primary Care Learning Disability Nurses Information Leaflet
Key aims of service delivery include:
  • Improving health outcomes for people with a learning disability accessing Primary and Secondary mainstream health services.
  • Providing creative, holistic and responsive pre-planned crisis intervention and support for people with a learning disability.
  • Ensuring compliance on delivering services in line with policy guidance and best practice.

Policies we operate under

  • "Valuing People Now" (Department of Health, 2009) - although this policy timescale ended nationally in January 2012, we still hold firm to the values and principles in this document.
  • "Mansell Report" (Department of Health, 2007).

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  • "Healthcare for All" (Department of Health, 2008).
  • Winterbourne View Review. Concordat: Programme of Action (Department of Health, 2012).

Other areas of development

Our aim is:
  • To make all health care services accessible to people who have learning disabilities. As commissioners we expect services to be safe and to treat individuals with dignity and respect.
  • To make sure that services are equipped to meet the wide range of needs in our population and will continue to support primary and secondary care services to achieve this.
  • To improve our community based services for people with very complex needs, so that over time we stop using inpatient care outside of the NHS NEW Devon CCG area. This approach is supported through both the Mansell report and the recommendations made after the Winterbourne View review.
Living well with a learning disability in Devon 2015-2018: a strategy

Contact us

County Hall

Topsham Road

Exeter

EX2 4QD

Telephone: 01392 267 864

Email: D-CCG.MentalHealth@nhs.net

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