The Intensive Support Team (IST) supports adults with learning disabilities in Peterborough who have highly complex needs.

How this service can help you

The Intensive Support Team (IST) provides an 8am-8pm service (Monday to Friday) which supports adults with learning disabilities in Peterborough who have highly complex needs.

They help to prevent out of area placements and resettlement, and crisis stabilisation as an alternative to hospital admission (up to 14 days support).

The team plays an increasing role in supporting people with complex needs who are experiencing a period of overwhelming change and are at risk of their placement breaking down and having to move out of area. They also work closely with adult social care and housing services provided by Peterborough City Council.

Who is eligible?

The service is for 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.

  • Anyone over the age of 18 years will receive support from both health clinicians and social workers

  • Young people (16+) will receive a consultative service from health clinicians, but the IST social worker will not take over the case until they are 18 years old (transitioning from children’s services and have complex needs).

How to refer

Prevention of out of area placement and resettlement: referrals welcomed from GPs, NHS clinicians and community learning disability teams.

Crisis stabilisation: in-hours referrals via care and treatment review meetings and out of hours referrals taken from the First Response Service, crisis rehabilitation and home treatment teams, liaison psychiatry, and liaison and diversion service, and EDT.


Where is it?

53 Thorpe Road

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Contact the service

T 01733 363101

The page was last updated on 23 September 2020 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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