Adults with a learning disability who have been identified as having additional complex needs and are at immediate risk to themselves or others or harm, neglect and/or abuse that requires in-patient admission.

Additional complex health needs may include:

  • mental illness, including personality disorder, not responding to interventions in community settings
  • epilepsy affecting their everyday living skills and social inclusion
  • challenging behaviours
  • pervasive developmental disorders including autistic spectrum/ADHD disorders
  • dementia

and may:

  • require use of legislation
  • be resistant to treatment
  • be inter-related to other bio-psycho social needs
  • require more than one professional and a multi-disciplinary team to meet their needs
  • require care programme approach continued support

What can service users expect?

  • The expected length of stay in the acute care pathway is 6 - 12 weeks, depending on clinical need
  • Assessment and clarification of diagnosis
  • Risk assessment and management plans
  • Occupational and psychological therapies
  • Pharmacological and psychological based approaches
  • Who can refer to acute specialist learning disability services?

We have an open referral process which includes:

  • GPs
  • NHS clinicians
  • Community learning disability teams

The page was last updated on 17 October 2012 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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