What is a learning disability?
- understanding new or complex information
- learning new skills
- coping independently
It is thought that up to 350,000 people have severe learning disabilities. This figure is increasing.
On this page
There are lots of ways we can support you in living with a learning disability.
Our Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDT) provide specialist health care services for people with learning disabilities to enable and support them to participate in daily activities and increase or maintain levels of independence.
We also work closely with GP’s, education, housing, hospitals, community adult, care directorate, children’s services, day centres, mental health services, advocacy and respite services and voluntary services.
Our team consists of:
Community Nurses provide specialist advice, support, education and training to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people with a learning disability.
Our Physiotherapists assess and advise on exercises and activities that can help people remain as comfortable and mobile as possible.
Psychiatrists offer a specialist health care service for people with a learning disability and related mental illness.
Psychologists work to promote and enhance the emotional wellbeing and quality of life of people with learning disabilities.
Occupational Therapists help with self-care activities, improving ability to access local facilities, functioning in the workplace or college and the development of hobbies and interests.
Speech and Language Therapists
Speech and Language Therapists assess communication ability, taking into account the service users life experience, limitations and their opportunities and potential for change.
Our teams and services
Where to find us, and which services can help you.
Living with a learning disability
Information for patients and carers on the wider aspects of living with a mental health condition.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
At any given time, 1 in 4 of us will be experiencing a mental health issue. Some of the most common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and stress, can be relieved by following some simple steps called the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
- Connect with people – your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Speaking to people over the telephone or online can help, but there’s nothing like being in the company of others to boost your mood.
- Get active – take a walk, go cycling, join a dance class, go swimming or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Anything that raises your heart rate – even cleaning the house – can help.
- Keep learning – give yourself a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, learn a new language, or figure out how to fix your bike?
- Give – even the smallest act can count – whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you make new friends.
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’ and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
These are proven techniques to help boost your general wellbeing and they are things we can all incorporate into our daily lives. If you want to make your mental health and wellbeing a priority, following these steps is a good place to start.
Our Vocational Services team can help you to find work. Find out more here.
You are entitled to see the information held in your health record. You do not have to tell us why you want to see your records.
If you wish to see a copy of your health record, please ask the person providing your care or write to: Head of Health Records, Rikenel, Montpellier, Gloucester GL1 1LY.
In your letter, give:
- your name
- date of birth
- any other information which would help locate your file
Please note: there may be a charge for this service.
If you think that information in your health records may not be accurate, please notify us in writing.
Our Choice and Medication website helps you make a decision about medication and some treatments. The Trust’s pharmacy service supports staff, service users and carers in achieving safe and effective medicines management. For more information, please visit our Choice and Medication website.
Did you know?
- Smoking is the primary reason for the 10 to 20 year shortened life expectancy for people with a mental health disorder. Smoking causes cancer, cardio vascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- People with mental health conditions consume 42 per cent of all tobacco bought in the UK
- Many think smoking is a mood enhancer – in fact it causes depression, stress and anxiety
- Smokers have a 79 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
These are just some of the reasons why cutting down or giving up smoking altogether can have a huge impact on improving your health and wellbeing.
How to get help quitting
- If you are one of our service users, ask to speak to a Smokefree Champion or Quit Advisor
- If you live in Gloucestershire, visit hlsglos.org or ring 0800 122 3788
- You can also call the national Smokefree helpline on 0800 022 4332 (Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm)
- GPs can provide advice and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and most surgeries have nurses who offer a stop smoking service
- The national Smokefree website includes a wide range of support options and advice
Information for carers
Carers and families provide a vital support network but are at greater risk of experiencing mental and physical health problems and emotional stress themselves due to the demands of being a carer. As well as providing care and treatment for the people who use our services, we are also here to support you. If you have a problem, if something is worrying you, or if you are confused about how to get help, then please talk to us.
On this page you will find information about your involvement in the care we provide to your relative or friend and information about support for you in your caring role.
Information for professionals
Notes on services, contacts and treatments for healthcare professionals.
Referral information for Gloucestershire GPs and Healthcare Practitioners
Referral information for Herefordshire GPs and Healthcare Practitioners
Some good ways of communicating with people with complex needs
Mencap offers guidance on good ways to communicate with people with very complex needs
Further help and support
Other organisations who can help or who partner with us.
News and views
News stories linked to depression and related conditions.
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