Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) Barking and Dagenham

The CLDT Barking and Dagenham is a joint health and social services team and offers a service to adults aged 18 and over who may need help because of a learning disability.

The CLDT offers adults with a learning disability and their carers advice, information, and support.

The team is also responsible for: assessment, care planning, specialist health care, and purchasing of appropriate care packages.

The Community Learning Disability Team Barking and Dagenham (Health) normally consists of:

  • Learning disability psychiatry
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Learning disability art therapy
  • Learning disability psychology
  • Learning disability speech and language therapy
  • Learning disability physiotherapy
  • Learning disability occupational therapy
  • Learning disability peer support working
  • Learning disability nutrition and dietetics
  • Learning disability Pharmacy

Patient information

You can contact our service in Barking and Dagenham as follows:

For all Barking and Dagenham LD Clinical Departments please contact:

Health CLDT Telephone: 0300 300 1731 (external) or extension 51731 (internal)  
Health CLDT Email (referrals):
(Please ensure patient identifiable information is password protected if sending from a non secure email)

By Post:

Barking and Dagenham Community Learning Disabilities Team (Health)

Becontree Centre, 508 Becontree Avenue

Dagenham Essex RM8 3HR

Opening times:  Monday to Friday, 9-5pm (Except Bank Holidays)

This adult CLDT service is provided where it is felt their needs are best met by this specialist team. The team work alongside mainstream services. 

Our team can support with:

  • Additional needs related to their learning disability.
  • Support carers by carrying our carers’ assessments and providing support according to need.
  • Assessment of health and social care needs, which may include advice regarding benefits, housing, and respite services. 

For Learning Disability Social Services please click on the Social Services Tab below.

Out of hours support (5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, and all day during weekends and bank holidays)

Mental Health Direct

If you need urgent assistance or crisis support for mental health, please call our NELFT Crisis Line Mental Health Direct on 0800 995 1000. This is a freephone number and callers will not be charged.

We can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional. We can also advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

Or you can telephone/dial 111 for NHS 111, and select 'Option 2' for Mental Health. This will be an additional way to contact crisis services and will not be replacing the 0800 number above.


For safeguarding concerns please contact:

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding team:

Telephone:   0208 227 3037 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, except bank holidays)


Emergency Duty Team

Telephone:  0208 594 8356 / choose option 5, then choose option 4, Adult Social Care (5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, and all day during weekends and bank holidays)

For NELFT clinicians, please ensure an incident report has been raised in line with NELFT policy.

Eligibility criteria


The client/patient must:

Be resident in Barking or Dagenham.

Be registered with a GP of either Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Barking or Dagenham.

Be aged 18 or over.

  • A service user with formal diagnosis of Learning Disability with impact of LD as predominant need. Learning disability defined as significantly below intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour functions.
  • Formal diagnosis is preferable, but not essential, if LD diagnosis is confirmed at referral, with evidence of diagnosis.  
  • Has a significantly reduced ability to understand new or more complex information or to learn new skills. A person’s I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient) is not the only defining factor, but those with an I.Q. below 70 would be considered for the purpose of this definition.
  • Alongside the above, has a significantly reduced ability to cope independently, i.e. they have impaired personal and social skills (for example: with communication, self-care, daily living skills, use of community resources, health and safety, leisure, or work),
  • Has a disability that started before adulthood (18 yrs) with a lasting effect on their development.
    • Where the LD diagnosis is unclear, further screening (‘Eligibility Assessment’) will be undertaken.
  • Some service users with a Learning Disability can access mainstream services with support of Learning Disability Specialists with reasonable adjustments considered (Equality Act 2010).


  • Learning difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia) or Neurodevelopmental Disorder (e.g. Autism) alone (i.e. without diagnosis of Learning Disability)
  • People with high functioning Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning Autism whose cognitive abilities are in the average range or above.
  • ‘Borderline’ LD suggestive of ability to access mainstream services with reasonable adjustments.
  • Where learning disability is not the predominant need and/or another service may be more appropriate.
  • Acquired brain damage after the age of 18 years old leading to the loss of the ability to understand new or more complex information or to learn new skills (e.g. victims of road traffic accidents).
  • Those adults with social/communication disorders with average or above average intelligence.
  • Those whose function has been affected by environmental/emotional circumstances e.g. emotional trauma, abuse, limited educational opportunities, (people in these situations may be subject to further clinical assessment).
  • Those whose primary disorder and support needs are related to alcohol and drug misuse, sensory impairment, psychiatric illness, or physical impairment.
  • Develop an adult onset medical condition that leads to difficulties with cognitive functioning e.g. degenerative neurological conditions, dementia, stroke etc.

Referrals for health services only

Referrals are accepted from clients, carers, family members, advocates, health professionals or customer service adult social care.

Please complete this referral form: Barking and Dagenham referral form -Updated 2021.doc [doc] 116KB

Return the completed referral form to:


or by post to:

Barking and Dagenham Community Learning Disabilities Team (Health)

Becontree Centre,

508 Becontree Avenue

Dagenham Essex RM8 3HR

All referrals will be screened to determine if the community learning disability team (CLDT) is the most appropriate team to meet client need. Some individuals may be sign posted to more appropriate services.

Definition of Learning Disability

Learning Disability usually means people who meet:

World Health Organisation (ICD-11) definition of ‘6A00 Disorders of intellectual development’.

  • The presence of significant limitations in intellectual functioning across various domains such as perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed, and verbal comprehension
  • The presence of significant limitations in adaptive behaviour, which refers to the set of conceptual, social, and practical skills that have been learned and are performed by people in their everyday lives.
  • Onset occurs during the developmental period.
  • The person must have experienced problems before the age of 18.

Factors which MAY indicate a learning disability;

  • Record of delayed development/difficulties with social functioning & daily living before 18.
  • Requires significant assistance to provide for own survival (eating & drinking, keeping self clean, warm and clothed) and/or with social/community adaptation (e.g. Social problem solving/reasoning). NB need for assistance may be subtle.
  • Presence of all three criteria for LD i.e. Impairment of inTelephonelectual functioning/social adaptive functioning and age of onset.
  • Range of information presenting a picture of difficulties in a number of areas of  function, not explainable by another ‘label’ contact with specialist LD consultant.

Emergency Duty Team (For out of hours social care needs only)

The north east London adult emergency duty team (EDT) provides an emergency social care service outside of normal office hours. The service is designed to deal only with emergency situations that cannot wait until the next working day. Members of the public and health and social care professionals can contact the team if a carer or a vulnerable adult is in urgent need or requires protection from harm. A vulnerable adult is a person of 18 years or over with a social care need. This can include people with mental health problems, physical or learning disabilities or older people. The service includes but is not restricted to the provision of Mental Health Act assessments by an approved mental health professional.

The service has access to the health and social care client record as necessary and applicable.

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri: 5 pm to 9 am & 24 Hrs on Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Members of the public please contact Barking and Dagenham Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on:

Telephone: 0208 594 8356 / choose option 5, then choose option 4, Adult Social Care.


Professionals please contact EDT in relation to social care on the contact below:

Telephone: 0300 555 1249 extension 67773

Intensive Support Team for people with a Learning Disability and Autism

The Intensive Support Team for people with a learning disability and autism aims to enhance the current function of the Adult Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDTs) across NELFT.

The service provides intensive support for those with more complex needs, offers (through consultancy and preventative and proactive working) rapid and intensive support to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that a user of service remains in their own home or environment and relies on joint working with the CLDTs.  

The Team consists of: A Consultant Psychiatrist, Speech and Language Therapist, Behaviour Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Senior Nursing staff, and Support, Time, and Recovery workers.  

Within normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) your first point of contact is the Barking and Dagenham Community Learning Disability Team. The Intensive Support Team is a 24-hour service and calls are directed to the out of hours team for support required after 9PM, during weekends and bank holidays. To contact the team please call 0300 300 1719, or email

Social Services information

You can contact or send referrals to our social services in Barking and Dagenham as follows:

By Post: Barking & Dagenham Disability Service, Care and Support. Barking Town Hall, 1 Clock House, Barking, Essex IG11 7LU.

By Telephone: 0208 227 5432

By Email: Local Authority social care CLDT referral:


Opening times:   Monday to Friday, 9-5pm (except Bank Holidays)

For out of hours, (5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, and all day during weekends and bank holidays), please telephone the Barking and Dagenham Adult Emergency Duty Team (EDT) for Social Care on: 

Telephone: 0208 594 8356 / choose option 5, then choose option 4, Adult Social Care.

Our LD social service conducts assessment on service user’s social care needs (care support / care package), attends to safeguarding concerns and support carers by carrying out carers’ assessments to determine their needs.

Contact our PALS team (Patient Advice Liaison Service)

Newbury Park Health Centre
40 Perrymans Farm Road

Tel: 0300 300 1711

Easy Read - Patient advice, liaison and complaints leaflet

Other useful resource links

The LD Liaison Nurse Team (Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge)

Do you have a learning disability and need support during your visit to hospital?

You can contact the Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Team.

Telephone: 020 8970 5719


Help for people with learning disabilities and Autism | BHR Hospitals

Community Treatment Team (Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge)

The community treatment team (CTT) works with adults in the community with an acute physical need who could potentially be treated at home, rather than attend accident and emergency (A&E). 

To access the community treatment team for more information and support please visit their page  Community Treatment Team


Your health and social care champion.

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham  is your local health and social care champion. From the River Roding to Eastbrookend and everywhere in between, we make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham :: Want to Volunteer with Healthwatch?

Barking and Dagenham Care Technology

Care technology is the term used to describe digital or smart devices and services that can support your independence, to help you better self-manage and monitor your own (or someone else's) health and wellbeing. Care technology provides accessibility, convenience, choice, and control that allows you to have an improved independent quality of life at home and in the community. 

Care technology | London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (

Barking and Dagenham Carers’ Hub (Centre)

If you are a carer in Barking and Dagenham, you can get support from the Barking and Dagenham Carers’ Hub.

Website:  About Us | Carers of Barking and Dagenham (

Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies services are available free to anyone over the age of 18 who are registered with a GP in Barking and Dagenham, Havering Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Visit the website:  NELFT Talking Therapies

Health conditions information in Easy Read

For information on common health conditions, visit the EasyHealth website here:    Common Health Conditions

For information on other health conditions, visit the EasyHealth website here:    Other health conditions

Medication information for mental health in Easy Read: Mental Health Medication Easy Read Leaflets

Health conditions information: Leder Resource Bank

Mental health and your rights — Information in Easy Read

Your rights under the Mental Health Act: Mental Health Act (easy read) - NHS

Independent mental health advocates: Independent mental health advocates - Department of Health

Treatment, consent and care plan: Your treatment and care plan - Department of Health

FIND (NEL) Service - Forensic Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities – (North East London)

The team aims to support adults in the North East London community with learning disability and/ or autism who are at risk of new or additional contact with the criminal justice system.

The focus is on supporting service users to develop their strengths to ensure they get the best out of life.

The team also supports carers and professionals involved in service users’ care by offering joint working, consultation and training as well as supporting community teams to manage risk. The team also provides an in-reach service to people in our inpatient learning disability and autism service as well as Care Coordination and Social Supervision for the service users once they have been discharged from secure services.

The team will work with criminal justice agencies to contribute to court reports, which could have a significant positive impact on future prospects. Team members will work together as a multidisciplinary team to reduce admission and readmission to hospital.

Team information and contact details:

FIND (NEL) Service - Forensic Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities – (North East London)

Contact email: (not for referrals)

Please send referrals directly to:

Medical Secretary - Laura Rhodes

Service Manager – John Rochester

Address: 1st Floor, Beaumont House, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, E1 4DG

FIND NEL reception telehone number: 0207 771 5823