Learning Disability -Resources for staff to support patients

Supporting you to support others - Resources and advice for working with people who have Learning Disabilities

The Cumbria Community Learning Disability Nursing Services for Children and Adults have developed two useful resources for all Cumbria Partnership Staff. We hope these will be helpful when you are supporting someone with a learning disability to access your service. The resources consist of a Learning Disability Protocol and an Awareness Pack and include helpful guidance on the following:

  • How to determine if someone has a learning disability
  • Advice about ways to help meet the needs of people who have learning disabilities
  • Advice and tips about how best to communicate with people who have learning disabilities (this includes people who have learning disabilities and autism).

The resources contain contact details for all the Community Learning Disability teams throughout Cumbria and provides links to helpful resources you can use.

We have also included a template to help you audit your records – we would encourage you to use this to help you assess how your service is meeting the needs of people who have learning disabilities. 

The Awareness pack details some of the work being carried out in Cumbria to help meet the health needs of people with learning disabilities and also offers guidance about the types of reasonable adjustments your services may need to consider to ensure it is as accessible as possible to everyone. 

Resources ; Awareness Packs and Protocol

Learning Disabilities Awareness Pack - Adults
Learning Disabilities Awareness Pack - Children & Young People
Learning Disabilities Protocol

Advice available

The message we would like to send out to all our colleagues in Cumbria Partnership Trust is that we are very happy to help with any queries you may have, to give advice about supporting individuals who have learning disabilities, or to help you think about changes and reasonable adjustments that you may need to consider to benefit all clients. 

Our teams based in Barrow, Carlisle and Workington are also happy to offer basic learning disability awareness sessions to your team. Recent sessions have been successfully undertaken with a number of local services including a number of GP practices, retinal screening teams, cancer screening networks, specialist dental services and others. They have proved to be highly beneficial in raising awareness of the needs of people who have a learning disability, and in ensuring teams know how to access our service and how we can help.

If you would like to know more or to access our advice, please make contact with your local Learning Disability Nursing Team to discuss your needs. 

West Cumbria:
Unit 1
Lillyhall Business Centre
Jubilee Road
Workington
Cumbria
CA14 4HA
Telephone:   01900 705825 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

East Cumbria:
Cedarwood
Carleton Clinic
Cumwhinton Drive
Carlisle
CA1 3SX
Telephone:  01228 603189 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

South Cumbria:
College House
Howard Street
Barrow in Furness
CA14 1NB
Telephone:  01229 404524 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)