Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, such as -

  • moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
  • severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

This encompasses a range of conditions such as -

  • dyslexia
  • dyscalculia
  • dyspraxia
  • dysgraphia (SpLD)

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Children's Learning Disability Team

The Hull and East Riding Children’s Learning Disability Team is a specialist team of Learning Disability nurses with input from Clinical Psychology, Creative Therapy and Psychiatry.

The team aims to provide -

  • specialist assessment, intervention and advice on an individual basis
  • support for children with a learning disability to help them to reach their full potential in relation to social, physical and psychological health needs
  • advice and consultation to children, families, carers and other professionals involved
  • training for staff, carers and families in specific topics
  • participation in planning and developing of new services for children with a learning disability
  • promotion of collaborative working between health professionals and other agencies, including voluntary organisations

Learning Disability Services

The Learning Disability Services work with adults (18+ years) with a learning disability and health needs who require specialist support in the community.

There are various community services, an assessment and treatment unit (Townend Court) and a specialist nursing home for individual with PMLD that require 24 hour nursing care (Granville Court).

Learning Disability Inpatient Services - Townend Court

The Learning Disability Inpatient Services at Townend Court provides assessment and treatment for individuals with learning disabilities from across the Transforming Care Partnership (Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire).

The aim of acute learning disability inpatient service is to provide the following three core functions of support -

  • Assessment (including for potential mental illness) of the causes of challenging behaviour, where it cannot be safely carried out in the community
  • Treatment of mental illness where this is the cause of challenging behaviour (complemented by other interventions as appropriate), where it cannot be safely carried out in the community
  • Reintegration of the individual back into the community after hospital treatment, including provision of support/guidance to families and support providers

The service seeks to minimise a person’s length of stay and any admissions are supported by a clear rationale of planned assessment and treatment with measurable outcomes. The core team at Townend is multidisciplinary and includes -

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech and Language Therapy

The team at Townend Court work closely with the community team who also work with the individual, and discharge planning is done in partnership.

Humber and North Yorkshire Dynamic Support Keyworker Service

The Humber and North Yorkshire Keyworker Service supports autistic people and people with a learning disability or both up to the age of 25, with the most complex needs and are inpatients in, or at risk of being admitted to, a mental health inpatient unit.

Support and advice offer

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