Learning disability services

A carer helping to water plants We want everyone in Southampton to have access to high quality services to support them to stay well. Services to support people with learning disabilities in the city are provided in partnership between Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Southampton City Council.

The Southampton Community Learning Disability Team work with adults aged 18 years and above with a learning disability and have adapted health care need(s).

The health team includes a range of health professionals who can support people with learning disabilities with health needs which can include challenging behaviour, mental illness (in learning disability), dementia (in learning disability), complex physical health, epilepsy, autism and forensic needs. Anyone can refer someone with a learning disability to the team. To find out more about the Southampton City Community Learning Disability Team and to get in touch, visit the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust website.

The adult (social) services team can assess what support you need at home and in the community, finding the right to place to live, respite and keeping safe. Find out more and how to get in touch with the team on the Southampton City Council website.

Both teams can also provide signposting to support available in the community.

Transforming Care Partnership

We have been working with the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Transforming Care Partnership (SHIP TCP) to meet the needs of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism. A plan has been developed in partnership with a number of local agencies, organisations and individuals, and sets out how we will deliver our vision “To build on a child, young person’s or adult’s unique strengths and abilities, getting it right for the person first time through ensuring there is the right care, in the right place, at the right time, that is consistent across the SHIP TCP”.

Our main aims are to:

  • develop learning disability liaison services in hospitals
  • expand the intensive support team to provide a service to people aged 14-18
  • develop a community service for people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system or are at risk of doing so
  • increase the offer and uptake of personal budgets
  • increase the number of annual health checks in GP practices.

Underpinning the TCP plan is the aim to truly working in partnership with people who have lived experience, to review and shape these plans. Some examples of the work currently taking place include a learning disability acute liaison service and learning disability friendly GP practices.