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Kirklees adult learning disability health service

About the service

This service is a community health service for people with learning disabilities who need support to improve health and wellbeing. It includes psychiatry, psychology, specialist learning disability nursing, therapists and an intensive support team with many different skills.

The team provide specialised support to people with learning disabilities who are unable to access mainstream health services and aims to improve their overall health and wellbeing. The team works with adults of all ages and people in transition who require specialist planning. The team works in partnership with social work staff, primary and secondary health services, and care providers.

The intensive support team works with a small number of service users who require intensive support to prevent admission to hospital, loss of placement or contact with the criminal justice system due to behaviours or mental health needs that cannot be managed by mainstream services.

Why would someone choose the service?

People with learning disabilities can access all of their health professionals in one team and our multidisciplinary team can help them to enjoy better health.

This services offers something called an "open referral system", this means that anyone can refer into this service.

Referrals are accepted from the Single Point of Access team.

The telephone number is:

01924 316714

Reasons you might want to access this service:

  • Adults with a diagnosed learning disability who are over 18 and whose needs cannot be met in mainstream services
  • Adults seeking a diagnosis of learning disability (psychology only)
  • Young people in transition from children’s services who need highly specialised support to make the transition to adult services.

Why a professional should choose the service

We work as a multi-skilled specialised service to ensure the needs of people with learning disabilities are met and people with learning disabilities have better health outcomes.

Support offered

  • Specialist psychiatry
  • Psychological therapy
  • Assessment of learning disabilities
  • Support to improve health and wellbeing
  • Specialist assessment and interventions where needs cannot be met in mainstream services
  • Liaison with mainstream services around reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities


To improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability
To provide highly specialised support to people unable to access mainstream services because of a learning disability need

Last updated: 05/08/2021