Learning Disabilities

Health and Social Services Working in Partnership

What does the Learning Disability Team do?

The team provides a service to adults in Moray who have a learning disability, and to their families and carers.

Our aim is to enable all adults with a learning disability to lead as full a life as possible and for them, together with their parents and carers, to reach their full potential.

What Services do we Provide?

  • Helping people with a learning disability to live independently by arranging for support in their own home and in the community.
  • Support people with a learning disability who live with carers by arranging support at home or by providing respite services.
  • Arrange residential care for people with a learning disability who need it.
  • Support people with a learning disability who have specialist health needs.
  • Support people with a learning disability who may have a mental health problem.
  • Help people with both a learning and physical disability to remain as independent as possible.
  • To provide information to people with learning disabilities to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Who is on the Team?

Community Care Officer/ Local Area Coordinators

  • Carry out single shared assessments.
  • Assess individual needs and plan the support they need to live safely e.g. respite, day centre etc.
  • Help people access local voluntary services.
  • Provide a duty social worker for people without a social worker.

Community Learning Disability Nurses

  • Aim to make sure that people with a learning disability have access to medical advice and care when they need it.
  • Assessment of daily living skills.
  • Involved in the provision of specialist health clinics for people with a learning disability.
  • Educating and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Psychologists

  • Carry out intellectual assessment on people with a learning disability.
  • Provide staff training for carers of people with a learning disability.
  • Support other health care professionals and work individually with clients on issues such as sexuality and challenging behaviour.

Speech and Language Therapists

  • Carry out communication assessment and intervention
  • Assess and offer advice regarding eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • Provide training on communication
  • Offer multi-disciplinary workshops on eating, drinking and swallowing

Psychiatrist

Provides a consultation-based service for clients with both a Learning Disability mental health problems incorporating medication reviews

Dietetics

  • Provides dietary assessment.
  • Staff training and support for special dietary needs.

Physiotherapy

  • Involved in the assessment of people with a learning disability.
  • Provide treatment programs to cover all aspects of physical mobility.

Occupational Therapy

  • Assessment of functional ability of everyday tasks.
  • Provision of specialist equipment where required.
  • Advice and guidance regarding environmental issues.

Who can make a referral to the team?

Anyone can make a referral to the Moray Community Learning Disability Team.

You can make a referral by phone, letter or come into the office to see the duty Care Officer

What happens next?

  • An initial assessment will be done to ensure that our service is the right for you.
  • A team member will then carry out a fuller assessment to find out what therapies or support could benefit you.
  • We will listen to your views and those of your carer, if you have one, throughout this process.
  • We will treat information confidentially within the team. If we need to share information outside the team, we will talk with you about this first.

Contact Us

Community Learning Disability Team
Highfield House
Northfield Terrace
Elgin
IV30 1NE

01343 562122

learning.disability@moray.gov.uk

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