Newham Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (NCTPLD) offers a single access point to a specialist multi-disciplinary service comprising a core staff establishment of Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Art Therapist, Community Nursing (RNLD), supported by an operational manager, continuing care coordinator and admin staff. In addition, Psychiatry services are provided from within the Specialist Directorate of ELFT and are fully integrated within the NCHTPLD. In addition to the core team, a Strategic Health Facilitator post has been commissioned to work with GPs to improve annual health check compliance and health facilitation for LD clients.
We work with people who have significant or severe levels of learning disabilities with additional communication, sensory and mobility problems that require support and intervention from specialist health professionals with specific expertise and experience of this client group. We work in a variety of different ways, including working with people individually by adapting mainstream clinical interventions to make them accessible to people who have impaired cognitive abilities or communication, and/or working indirectly with families and carers in people’s homes or at our base or local community centers/facilities. The work is always at the client's pace and so sessions may take longer than in mainstream services. We often work with people over a long period of time and thus provide continuity of care. We work with a variety of providers both specialist and mainstream including GPs, mental health services, employment, education and the voluntary sector. The service is offered between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (NHLD) is a specialist multi-disciplinary team comprising of:
• Art Therapy
• Clinical Psychology
• Learning Disability Community Nursing including an Access to Acute Liaison Nurse
• Occupational Therapy
• Speech and Language Therapy
We accept referrals for adults
• With severe to profound learning disabilities who have an unmet health need.
• Who are aged 18 or over
• Who have a GP in Newham
We sometimes work with people with mild to moderate learning disabilities with an unmet health need but only if they are unable to access mainstream services even with reasonable adjustments.
We do not accept referrals for:
• Learning Disability diagnosis without a related unmet health need
• Adults with specific learning difficulties only e.g. dyslexia
• Diagnosis of High Functioning Autism / Aspergers
• People with mild/moderate learning disabilities who are able to access mainstream service with reasonable adjustments
• Adults with an acquired brain damage/ injury in adulthood (i.e. an injury NOT acquired before the age of 18)
NHLD use person-centred approaches that may involve:
• Working with people individually or in groups
• Adapting mainstream clinical interventions to make them accessible to people
• Working with families and carers
• Adapting clients’ environments
• Working in a person’s home or at our base or local community centres / facilities.
The work is always at the client's pace and so sessions may take longer than in mainstream services.
The service is offered between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Please note we do not offer a rapid/crisis response service within this team.