Adults with Learning Disabilities: Current Activities and Services

  • The Lewisham community learning disabilities team has produced a care pathway for people with learning disabilities and dementia. This enables appropriate medical checks to take place in a timely manner to ensure accurate diagnosis and better future planning.
  • Lewisham learning disabilities commissioning has funded a project to ensure that the same symbol/picture system (Photosymbols) is used by all services in the borough (local authority and NHS). This project is to be extended to Guys, and St Thomas’ Hospitals Trust with the aim of producing common templates for e.g. outpatient letters that all ward staff can use.
  • Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham have agreed to work jointly to produce a common hospital passport for people with learning disabilities, consider a joint training programme for all health staff and ensure that, where possible, any secondary care initiatives are supported on a sector-wide basis.
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) have committed recurrent funding for a learning disabilities coordinator role within the hospital. Any work undertaken within GSTT will be shared with both King’s College Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham to ensure consistency of approach.




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