Learning Difficulties

Northern Healthcare provide specialist support for people with learning disabilities. Our multi-disciplinary teams provide behavioural, emotional and psychological support. Our team are flexible in their approach to support; we find the right tools to support each individual with learning disabilities empowering them to lead meaningful, fulfilled lives and to achieve their goals.

We work closely with external professional, such as speech and language therapists and psychologists, to devise bespoke communication tools for residents who may have difficulties processing information.

Enhanced supported living for people living with learning disabilities

We support all of our residents to take small steps in right direction. Our team members are always on hand. Each resident has daily one-to-one time with a member of the team to help build confidence and establish ongoing social relationships.

  • 24-hour support and practical assistance
  • Skills training
  • Assessment of ongoing care needs
  • Bespoke communication tools e.g. Visual aids, easy-to-read guides, grab-sheets
  • Activity planning
  • Scheduled daily one to one time
  • Support with activities of daily living (ADL) skills
  • Community integration support
  • Dedicated key worker
Our Support Model

How it works

  • Referral

    In order for us to support someone living with a learning disability at one of our services we must first receive a referral from a health care professional. This is may be a Case Manager, Commissioner, Social Worker, Care Co-ordinator, Community Adult Learning Disability Team, Clinical Manager or another health care professional.

  • Assessment

    One of our clinical team will meet with the individual being referred to our services for support to understand in more detail how we can help. By working closely with colleagues in community health teams, we form unique support plans with attainable goals which are reviewed regularly. The current tools we use to ensure a comprehensive package of care include: HCR20, GASS, HONOS, EGRIST/STAR, MOHO, RE-QOL 20.
    Together we will help the individual to make an informed choice about whether coming to a Northern Healthcare service is the right next step for them.

  • Admission & funding

    The admission process will vary from person-to-person and it is highly dependent on their current situation, our team are on-hand to support throughout.
    Confirmation of funding is required from the appropriate authority – CCG or local authority. Placements can be funded privately, through personal budgets or via independent case managers. Administrative support is given with application for appropriate level of housing benefit.

  • Individual tenancy

    Each resident has their own individual lease agreement with a housing association. We treat all of our services as our residents’ homes and we encourage residents to personalise their homes as they choose.

  • Ongoing support

    We provide clear pathways to enable the people we support to reach their personal goals. Residents are actively involved in support planning and can see evidence of their progress over time. Plotting recovery using the recovery star together helps to motivate the people we are supporting whilst building confidence and identifying new objectives.

Our enhanced supported living model ensures that the quality of care that we provide is consistent.

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Working in partnership with

For us to help our residents we need to form long-lasting relationships with the people they know and trust. We support commissioners and referrers to find the right service for the individual in their care. Building a network of support around an individual is crucial in aiding their development – families, friends and the wider community all have an important role to play.

If you have an enquiry about our services, please get in touch with our team.

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