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Current services in relation to need

Adults :: Learning disabilities :: Current services in relation to need

Primary service provision for people who have a learning disability is the same provision as for the general Medway population, but with the expectation that providers make reasonable adjustment to the way that service is provided to enable equal access. Two examples of reasonable adjustments are allowing longer appointment times for patients with learning disability and providing information in “Easy Read”. This approach defines much of the focus with regard to learning disabilities to ensure that those with learning disability are supported to access care services and that they are not disadvantaged as a result of their learning disability.

In support of the above Medway Community Healthcare adult learning disability (health) team supports access to health care for people who have a learning disability and a Medway GP, and who can't manage adequate access to health care by themselves or through their carers. The team works closely with mental health learning disability professionals locally, and with social services and hospital teams. The teams support includes expert assessment of needs, advice and therapy training, and practical support too.

A Learning Disability Liaison Nurse (LDLN) has been in post at Medway NHS Foundation Trust since April 2010. The LDLN's work is focussed in areas where care of patients with learning disabilities is high. Medway NHS Foundation Trust actively identify learning disability patients admitted for care enabling the LDLN to focus support where it will be of greatest benefit. The LDLN also delivers training to improve awareness of learning disabilities amongst all ward staff.

A Partnership Commissioning Team has been established between Medway Council and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group which works across health and social care in order that a whole systems approach to commissioning can be adopted to deliver improved outomes, risk management and effective investment to meet local need. The Partnership Commissioning Team leads on learning disability services.

Medway Council provides a free bus pass scheme for those with specified disabilites to travel off-peak, not just within the Council area, but around England. The Council also provides home to school transport which supports those wanting to remain in education.