The integrated learning disability teams are made up of staff from Durham County Council and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

There are two long term integrated teams which serve an individual locality area:

  • West long term team, Council offices, Green Lane, Spennymoor, Durham, DL16 6JQ. Tel number: 03000 269413

  • East long term team, Shannon House, Mandale Business Park, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TH. Tel number: 03000 269559

The intake, transitions and review integrated teams all provide a county wide service:

  • Intake/Transitions/Review teams, Council offices, Green Lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ. Tel number: 03000 269385

About the service

The service provides assessment, intervention and review of health and social care needs for individuals whose needs are associated with, or additional to, a learning disability, and operates as a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

The service is available to adults:

  • 18 years and over, or those in transition from children's services
  • With a diagnosed learning disability (typically an IQ <70).

What the service will provide:

  • After you are referred to our service a health or social care professional in the team (whoever is most appropriate), we will carry out a needs and risk assessment with you.
  • Where appropriate, we will assess your needs in speech and language including dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), complex epilepsy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
  • All of our integrated teams have access to the specialist health teams, such as the assertive outreach and crisis team, behavioural assessment and intervention team, health facilitation and intensive home support services. 
  • You can also access support within specialist clinical care pathways, for example dementia, challenging behaviour or depression.
  • We develop individualised care plans with you.  This will cover things such as your identified needs and how often and when other community team members like a community support worker will visit you.
  • We review your care package is reviewed at least once a year.
  • We may signpost you to alternative suitable services, where our  initial assessment indicates that your needs may be best met by another service.

Care therapies and interventions 

We will provide a range of individualised, evidence based, safe therapies and interventions including: 

  • Commission individual packages of care
  • Psychiatric interventions including medication therapy
  • Specialist therapeutic interventions from physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy
  • Assessment and support for carers needs
  • Dysphagia treatment
  • Seating and postural care, mobility, appliances assessment and provision
  • Where indicated the service would provide further specialist assessment and interventions within areas such as complex epilepsy, dementia, autism, challenging behaviour
  • Psychological therapies including counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Communication skills training for the service user and/or those supporting them. 

The learning disability teams

The teams may include:

  • A team manager and assistant team managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Lead nurse
  • Social workers
  • Psychology staff
  • Learning disability community nurses
  • Support workers
  • Speech and language therapists and assistant
  • Occupational therapists and assistants
  • Physiotherapists and assistants
  • Administrative and clerical support.

How to access the service

The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by telephone, textphone and text messaging, as shown below.

Referrals to the service are accepted from: GPs, specialist clinicians, the person requiring support or a carer concerned for the person they care for.

All referrals for both east and west Durham come via Social Care Direct to the intake team based at Green Lane who carry out an intial period of assessment.

The service user with a learning disability may then move on to receive care from one of the longer term teams (east and west) or may simply go into the review team, should their needs not warrant this.

The transitions team works with service users in transition from child to adult services. Service users could go onto longer term work or review dependent on identified or assessed needs.

If you are a health professional and want to refer a patient contact:

Social Care Direct Telephone: 0845 8 50 50 10

Textphone: 01429 884 124

Text messaging: 07786 027 280