Learning Disability Nurse and Health Care Support Workers

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Our Role

The Community Nursing Staff for adults with learning disabilities are based within the Community Learning Disabilities Team and consist of:

  • Professional Nurse Lead
  • Community Nurses (Learning Disabilities)
  • Community Healthcare Support Workers
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioners
  • Acute Liaison nurses

What is the role of a Community Learning Disability Nurse and Health Care Support worker?

The main role of a Community Learning Disability Nurse involves:

  • Improving or maintaining a person’s physical and mental health.
  • Reducing barriers to access mainstream services, promote health screening and ensuring health equality for adults with a Learning Disability.
  •  Support Primary care services by updating them on current LD initiatives.

What we can help with?

We can help with:

  • Assessment of health care needs
  • Desensitisation work (blood tests)
  • Dementia
  • Bowel management
  • Diabetes
  • Men and Women’s health
  • Healthy eating, weight and nutrition
  • Dental
  • Managing epilepsy
  • Annual health checks
  • Health action plans
  • Hospital passports
  • Assessment, advice and support to parents and carers with learning disabilities
  • Prepare and support the person for medical appointments to ensure reasonable adjustments are made.
  • Can offer bespoke training for service users and carers where needed.
  • We offer a triage service- to support with signposting to any immediate concerns about health and wellbeing.  

What can be expected following a referral to our service for a Community Learning Disability Nurse or Healthcare Support Worker? 

  • A letter will be sent acknowledging that a referral has been made as there may be a waiting time.
  • We may telephone to get more information before we can proceed.
  •   A nurse or health care support worker will arrange an appointment to discuss your concerns and complete a nursing assessment.  This appointment often takes place in the person’s own home or at a day service. Sometimes we see people in other settings.
  • We can refer to other Professionals if considered necessary e.g. Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy, these will be discussed with the individual and/or their Carer where appropriate.