The adult learning disabilities community team for Teesside north works from two bases.

  • Wessex House, Falcon Court, Westland Way, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 3TX. Tel number: 01642 368555. Fax number: 01642 368557.
  • The Centre for Independent Living (CIL),Hartlepool,TS24 7NY. Tel number: 01429 239080

About the service

The service provides a comprehensive assessment of health needs, personalised care planning and interventions for people whose needs are associated with or additional to a learning disability.

Each person is assisted by the service to access personalised and integrated healthcare support.

Creative and flexible treatments or interventions which meet the individual needs of the person will be designed by members of the multi-disciplinary team, who will focus provision within the person's everyday living/care environment and work flexibly to deliver cohesive and appropriate services.

The service is available to adults:

  • 18 years and over
  • With a diagnosed learning disability (typically an IQ <70).

Care therapies and interventions

A range of individualised, evidence based, safe therapies and interventions will be provided including:

  • Family therapy and social and skills training to support carers
  • Psychological therapies including counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Psychiatric interventions including medication therapy
  • Challenging behaviour intervention programmes
  • Specialist therapeutic interventions from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy or dietetics
  • Communication skills training for the service user and /or those supporting them
  • Dysphasia treatment
  • Seating and postural care, mobility, appliances assessment and provision
  • Group therapy sessions around specific areas of need, eg dementia, healthy living, men's / women's groups.

The learning disability team

Teesside north is a multi-disciplinary team which includes:

  • Consultant psychiatry
  • Consultant psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Community nurses
  • Community support workers
  • Administrative staff 

How to access the service

The service provides 24 hours support across Hartlepool and Stockton.  We accept referrals GPs, specialist clinicians, the person requiring support or their carer, local authority partners and private care providers and stakeholders from 9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days a week.

The service can be contacted by telephone, fax or letter on the details at the top of this page.

What the service will provide

  • A personalised assessment of the patient's learning disability will take place within 72 hours of referral. The assessment will be undertaken by the professional appropriate to the referral need, following a multi-disciplinary team discussion, eg community nursing, psychiatry and / or psychology. The assessment includes elements such as life history, social factors, medication, presenting difficulties and assessment of risk factors.  Where appropriate, specialist assessment in relation to speech and language (including dysphasia), complex epilepsy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, will also be provided by the service.
  • After completion of the assessment, if the person is accepted by the service, an individualised care plan and a risk management plan will be formulated, and the person will be supported via relevant care pathways such as dementia, challenging behaviour, depression and people with profound multiple and learning disabilities.
  • A health action is then developed with the service user, if required and is person centred. The plan is offered in the format of the service user's choosing and which has meaning to the service user.
  • Individualised care plans, developed with the service user will reflect their identified needs and state the intensity of input including visit frequency and involvement of other community team members, eg community support worker.
  • Support for the person within the formal review, which is usually within the criteria of the personalised care programme approach.  If not appropriate then formal review will be carried out within other locally agreed formats, such as care management processes with the local authority.
  • Signposting to alternative suitable services, where initial assessment indicates that the person's needs may be best met by another service.


Easy read information

Easy read information about the team can be downloaded here:

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