Learning Disabilities Service

Who is our service for?

  • Young people aged 0-18 living in Kent and Medway.
  • Moderate to Severe Learning Disability with behavioural , emotional, and/or mental health difficulties.
  • Typically our service users are non-verbal, have limited understanding, are socially restricted, limited daily living skills requiring significant levels of adult supervision.

What do we offer?

  • Pre referral consultation meetings
  • Single consultation sessions with colleagues in other services
  • Further treatment might include;
    • Functional assessment
    • 7 week parent Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Group
    • Individual and personalised interventions
    • 12 week parent Non Violent Resistence (NVR) programme
    • Cognitive Behavourial Therapy (CBT adapted)
    • Psychoeducation sessions
    • Autism/ADHD assessments
    • Medication

Where do we work?

  • Learning Disability (LD) Service delivers specialist services from two main bases for Kent and Medway, George’s Turle House (Canterbury) and The Courtyard Pudding Lane (Maidstone).
  • The service is flexible offering a range of support in clinics within Kent and Medway that are run by other providers.

How do we work?

  • Observation withing the home/school
  • Liaison with external agencies
  • Attendance at key meetings e.g. CIN CP, EHCP
  • Links to safeguarding
  • Transition (17+ and out of area moves)
  • Discharge planning
  • Evidence based interventions
  • Time limited – once a piece of active work has been completed the young person will be discharged

How can you refer to our service?

  • The Single Point of Access (SPA) manages all referrals received for Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) and those considered appropriate for the Learning Disabilities service are sent directly to the LD team who will review for assessment or signposting to more appropriate support.
  • If a young person has been previously involved with the LD team (within the last 6 months) please contact the team directly by emailing: KentandMedwayLDService@nelft.nhs.uk
  • If the young person does not meet the criteria for the Learning Disability service this will be communicated and they may be signposted to other services that can better meet their needs. If the young person meets criteria for Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service they will be transferred to the locality mental health team.