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Community Learning Disability Services

Our Community Learning Disability Teams provide support and care services for adults with learning disabilities.

Carer working with a female service user, chopping vegetables

We work closely with local councils to provide services in Hampshire and Southampton.

Since 1 July 2017, Oxfordshire learning disability services are now provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Visit here for details.

Who is this service for?

Everyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability is entitled to an assessment of their needs.

Support with health care needs is provided for adults who:

  • have a significant impairment of intellectual functioning (i.e. an IQ under 70), and

  • need significant assistance with day-to-day living skills, and  

  • have a recognised learning disability from childhood.


We also have an Intensive Support Team (IST) which supports our community teams by providing specialist health care services to people with learning disabilities over the age of 18. The IST works with people who have special learning disabilities health needs such as behaviour that challenges others, support to receive mental health treatment and support to access physical health treatments.

Support for social care needs is provided by your Local Authority, and is assessed using government guidance called ‘Fair Access to Care’. More information on this can be found on the Department of Health or Hampshire County Council websites.

If you're not eligible for support from our services, we will always try to offer you advice on where you can get help.

Get access to this service

Anyone can make a referral to their local Community Learning Disability Team for assessment and intervention.

If you are over the age of 18 and have a learning disability, you can refer yourself. Other people who may refer to our service include relatives or support workers, a doctor or another service such as an advocate or college tutor.

If you want to know more about any of the services we provide, please contact us.  

How we can help     

Our teams include a range of health and social care professionals. Some of the ways we can help include:

  • Assessing your individual needs
  • Developing a personalised care and support plan
  • Providing you, your family and organisations with advice and information (sometimes this may include training)
  • Assessing the needs of your carer(s)
  • Arranging respite services
  • Making referrals to other health and social care services on your behalf.


Sometimes a person's health needs mean it may be appropriate to provide more assessment and intervention than is usually offered by our community teams.

If this is the case, we may involve our Intensive Support Teams to help gather more information or deliver interventions more frequently.

What our service users say

"My son has got further with this team and interacts with them better than he ever did (with his previous care) in 10 years."

"I like that (my support worker) is very nice and caring and understanding to me."

North Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team

“We are writing to thank you for all the wonderful work you have done with B. Without you, your expertise, your commitment and your warm humanity…we feel that B would have taken so much longer to recover. Indeed may not have recovered at all. We have so much to thank you for and now have the security of knowing that should B become ill again we know that a dedicated team of caring people will be there ready to help. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you again so much.”

East Hampshire Learning Disability Community Team

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