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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers a range of services to support people with learning disabilities in the community.

The service works with service users, families, social care and health partners to enable adults with a learning disability and/or autism living in Lincolnshire to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

We provide specialist health support to people with learning disabilities who require assessment and/or treatment for their physical or mental health, including support with behaviours of concern.

The service includes

  • A single point of access (SPA) for all referrals
  • Four community hubs - a multi-disciplinary team which provides the whole range of specialist learning disability professions
  • Autism diagnosis and liaison - providing a liaison service which supports access to mainstream health services and ensures reasonable adjustments are made
  • County-wide community home assessment and treatment team

Referrals

The service will work with adults over 18 who have a diagnosis of learning disability and associated physical and/ or mental health needs who are registered with a Lincolnshire GP. For a referral please contact your local GP or speak to your learning disability community team worker at Lincolnshire County Council.

All referrals are made through our Single Point of Access on Tel: 0303 123 4000 or email: lincs.spa@nhs.net

Community Learning Disability Hubs

The service is provided in four community hubs across Lincolnshire. These hubs are based at:

  • Beech House, Boston
  • Beaconfield Centre, Grantham
  • Units 1 and 2, St George's site, Lincoln
  • Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding

As well as a number of satellite clinics which are used to enable choice and care close to home, when required.

The four community hubs provide a integrated multi-discplinary approach to supporting people with a learning disability.

Each hub has specialist nurses, psychology, physical and mental health liaison nurses, psychiatry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and specialist liaison nurses for people with autism.

The team work together, with other organisations to provide a single assessment process to reduce how often people have to tell their story. The team then discuss all referrals and allocate the appropriate professional to support service users and carers with their individual needs.

Liaison with health services

In each hub there are liaison nurses for physical health, mental health and autism. They work with local health services and service users and carers to ensure equal access to mainstream services, helping to develop reasonable adjustments and provide appropriate training for professionals.

Community Home Assessment and Treatment (CHAT)

Working closely with the community hubs the Community Home Assessment and Treatment (CHAT) team provide home assessment, intervention and treatment anywhere in Lincolnshire to service users in their home environment, whether that be a family home, supported living or a care home.

The CHAT team work to a Positive Behaviour Support model to provide intensive support to people who are experiencing a deterioration in their mental health, or an increase in behaviours of concern and associated risk to self and others. The service will respond quickly and positively to assess the level of risk and put in place a plan of care to address the immediate concerns. Initially for 72 hours, with additional support for a further two weeks.

Once the immediate risks have been addressed and a clear plan is in place the CHAT team will liaise with the community hubs who will then continue with the ongoing care plan as needed.

Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and liaison

The service provides a diagnostic pathway for Autism Spectrum Disorder which follows NICE guidance. This includes feedback to the referrer and service user, with post diagnostic recommendations and signposting.

Referrals for diagnostic assessment should be made via our Single Point of Access (SPA) by your GP.