Community learning disability
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The Wandsworth Community Learning Disability Health Team (CLDHT) is a specialist multidisciplinary team offering a community service to adults with a learning disability over the age of 18. The team provides advice and support for people with a learning disability and to their carer’s and families.
In general, people with a learning disability should be accessing mainstream services. However, there will be times when this is not possible or appropriate and specialist services need to be involved.
The multidisciplinary team comprises Community Nursing, Dietetics, Dysphagia Service, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, supported by an Administration Service.
The CLDHT offer a range of assessments and interventions for
- Challenging Needs
- Co-ordination and facilitation of health needs
- Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)
- Mobility / Exercise / Postural Management
- Physical Health issues
- Activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, bathing)
- Support in hospital / medical appointments
- Significant Emotional & Relationship Difficulties
Telephone: 020 8812 7000
Fax: 020 8812 7005
Wandsworth Community Learning Disability Health Team
Springfield Hospital Site
London SW17 7DJ
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 17:00pm
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- Sally Hale - Head of Adult Community Therapies and Learning Disability Services
- Angie Avis - Head of Physiotherapy
- Monica Baker - Head of Administration/Site Manger
- Angela Cross - Head of Occupational Therapy
- Britta Nagel - Head of Psychology and Challenging Needs , Speech & Language Therapy
- Yvonne Tester - Head of Community Nursing & Dietetics
People must have a learning disability (developmental delay) which is defined as:
- Impaired Intelligence (a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and learn new skills, having an IQ of less than 70)
- Impaired Social Functioning (a reduced ability to cope independently)
- Both of which started before adulthood with a lasting effect on development
The learning disability must not be due to the individuals mental health problems, their own alcohol or drug misuse, or be a result of a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
Anyone can make a referral to the CLDHT by contacting the team by telephone, e-mail or in writing.
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Learning Disability Liaison Nurses
Wandsworth Community Learning Disability Health Team link in closely with the two Learning Disability Liaison Nurses based within St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- Padriac Costello - Clinical Nurse Specialist Learning Disabilities, Corporate Nursing
- Rebeccah (Becky) Brown - Learning Disability Liaison Nurse
Telephone: 020 8725 2217