Learning Disability Service

New Regional Model for Adult Learning Disability Services

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is leading on a regional project to improve Adult Learning Disability Services across Northern Ireland.

A new model will be created that ensures service users and their families have access to the services they need regardless of where they live.  Engagement is currently underway and the Trust would encourage everyone provide their input.

Northern Trust Learning Disability Service

The Learning Disability Service is provided through three integrated specialist multi-disciplinary teams based in the following areas:

Larne, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey Team
Ellis Street
BT38 8AZ
Tel: 028 9331 5100

Community Services Centre
Whiteabbey Hospital
Doagh Road
BT37 9RH
Tel: 028 9055 2562

Antrim, Magherafelt, Cookstown Team
Magherafelt Social Services
Hospital Road
BT45 5EG
Tel: Magherafelt 028 7936 5000 Cookstown 028 8672 3800

Coleraine, Ballymoney, Moyle and Ballymena Team
Pennybridge Resource Centre
Pennybridge Industrial Estate
Larne Road
BT42 3HB
Tel: 028 2566 7150

Rathlea House
Rugby Avenue
BT52 1JL
Tel: 028 7034 7871

Services available
Learning Disability Teams provide a range of services to persons with a learning disability from the age of 18 years onwards. These services include social work, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and nutrition and dietetics.

The Learning Disability Service also provides a range of day services which includes Adult Centres and Satellite Units. Adult Centres offer buildings-based day care to people with a learning disability who have complex care needs and/or challenging behaviours. Satellites out-reach facilities, which are part of buildings-based Adult Centre provision, offer therapeutic and recreational activities for those with a learning disability who do not have complex care needs or challenging behaviours.

They also provide a Day Opportunities Programme which offers a person centred day opportunities plan which provides opportunities in areas such as education, employment, leisure, volunteering and also community involvement.

The Learning Disability Service also offer a range of supported living schemes run by the Trust and purchased through independent sector providers by the Trust. It also provides a range of respite services some bed based and some provided by family based host carers. They also have a Trust-wide Challenging Behaviour Service and access to five challenging behaviour respite/emergency beds.

See also the Share the Care Scheme, Shared Lives - Adult Placement Scheme, Positive Behaviour Support Service and Promote sections.

Related links
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Page last updated:12 August 2019