Services 2

Learning disability community services

Community services for people who have a learning disability

The two community learning disability services are linked to geographical areas and local authority care management services and GP practices. In Hull the services are integrated with social services and have a single point of access to health and social care support. In the East Riding they work in partnership with social services.

Continuum support services provide behavioural interventions. Support plans are integral within the community services. 

The community teams are multidisciplinary. They include: 

  • psychiatric services; a medical team including a consultant 
  • community learning disability nursing
  • psychological therapies
  • social workers (Hull)
  • speech and language therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • epilepsy specialist services 
  • Continuum behavioural support services 
  • transition workers, supporting transfer into adult care 
  • creative therapies
  • STR workers (support, time and recovery workers)

Scope of the CTLDs and Continuum Services 

When someone is referred to the service, they will be assessed. The service user and their carers will work with the team to create a plan of targeted intervention. They will be kept involved in their treatment and support plans. These can include individual or combined services, such as: 

  • further specialist assessments, such as tests of cognitive functioning
  • person-led assessments to determine levels of care required within support plan 
  • personalised services which support the individual at home
  • psychiatric assessment
  • supported assessment and admission to Townend Court
  • enhanced nursing assessment
  • enhanced therapy assessment 
  • behavioural management and support plans 
  • dementia assessment and support pans 
  • epilepsy management plans 
  • autism support and intervention 
  • psychological therapies, including systemic and family therapy
  • intensive interaction with individuals who have profound and multiple disabilities
  • equitable inclusion in local and  national health  priorities
  • detailed communication work
  • functioning, gait, mobility, parenting capacity, swallowing, continence
  • focussed individual work, for example looking at bereavement, sexuality issues and capacity assessments
  • health facilitation, health action planning and patient passports 
  • support to access acute care services 
  • general health through primary care services 
  • enhancing community presence and activities of daily living
  • eating/swallowing assessments 
  • postural management plans 
  • complex nutritional interventions 
  • respiratory care
  • complex bowel management 
  • health and wellbeing monitoring including medication reviews
  • transition support for young people transferring into adult services 
  • carer assessments, in which all carers are encouraged to take part

Hull area

Townend Court
298 Cottingham Road

Tel: 01482 336740

East Riding community team for learning disability services

Alfred Bean Hospital
Bridlington Rd
YO25 5JR

Tel. 01377 208800
Fax 01377 208802


The learning disability service operates an open referral system. The community learning disability team (CTLD) is the first point of contact to both inpatient and community services. Individuals accessing the service have a learning disability diagnosis, are over 18 years of age or in transition from children’s services and require a period of joint working to be undertaken prior to transfer.

Opening hours

The services operate a core multi-disciplinary service from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.A 7 day a week service is provided by community nurses. 

A 24 hour, 365 day community nursing service is available and is accessed through Townend Court inpatient services. 

Tel: 01482 336740

The inpatient unit also responds to community clients who require additional support, help and reassurance at any time on the phone.  The service also triages any requests for the “on call” community nurse. 

Tel: 01482 336740