Learning Disabilities - Adults

Adults with Learning Disabilities

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Primary Care – South Staffordshire

The Clinical Nurse Specialist service  supports people with Mild, Moderate and Severe Learning Disabilities to access mainstream health care and ensure health professionals gain knowledge and skills in being able to provide primary healthcare that is responsive to their individual needs; to reduce health inequalities.

Who is the service for? 

Adults with Mild, Moderate or Severe Learning Disabilities in South Staffordshire

What does the service offer?

  • Facilitation in the delivery and recording of annual health checks, health action plans and GP registers
  • Support for health and social care colleagues in providing case management support to individuals with mild, moderate and severe needs on health action planning, access to health checks and in accessing appropriate health services
  • Documentation of assessment outcomes and information from health care plans to help commissioners identify future needs and plan for service developments.
  • Support for people with mild, moderate and severe learning disability through the admission and discharge pathways in acute care acting to improve quality and access for all individuals with a learning disability
  • Promotion and monitoring of access to regular health screening and public health initiatives where appropriate and according to national guidelines e.g. Diabetes, CHD, Obesity health
  • The service ensures primary health care staff know how to find and use accessible/easy read information
  • Support for the wider primary health care community in working with people with Learning Disabilities e.g. District nurses, Health visitors and Allied Heath Professionals
  • The Clinical Nurse Specialists will support primary health care services to fulfil their “public “ sector duty to demonstrate reasonable adjustments e.g. extended appointment times, easy read information, use of separate waiting areas.
  • Develops protocols to ensure appropriate links with Community Learning Disability Health Teams across South Staffordshire
  • The service leads the work on regional and national learning disability health assessments from a primary care perspective collating evidence and reporting outcomes.
  • The service reports to CCGs, Joint Commissioners, Provider and Cluster leads on health developments, outcomes of clinical and quality audits, data collection and initiatives relating to people with learning disability
  • The service ensures the GP practice workforce is trained to deliver health checks and ensuring that they are undertaken annually
  • Reviews and updates GP registers and collects information on the prevalence and health needs of people with learning disabilities across the cluster
  • Advise to people with learning disabilities, their families and carers when there is a planned hospital admission and ensure the links are in place with the relevant acute staff
  • One Clinical Nurse Specialist to participate in the bi-annual Staffordshire Learning Disabilities Partnership Board Health Sub group and report on primary healthcare issues
  • Provides access and support to Prison Healthcare staff as and when the need arises.

Next Steps

What is the referral criteria for the service? 

Referrals and requests for support are in respect of adults (over 18yrs) who have a diagnosed learning disability

Who may refer to this service? 

The service has an open referral system to people with learning disabilities and their carers, health and social care professionals, as well as private care providers and those in the third sector.

Contact Us

Jo Turner - Cannock and Rugeley
Tel: 01889 571418

Alison Rosenberg - Seisdon, Stafford and Stone
Tel: 01902 847676

Sarah Cherry - Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth
Tel: 01827 891067

Stephanie Brinklow - Burton and Uttoxeter
Tel: 01283 507165

What are the service opening hours? 

9:00am – 5:00pm  Monday - Friday

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