Better Care

Services for adults with a learning disability

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the following are currently providing an EMERGENCY service only for people with a learning disability:

  • Community Dietetics
  • Day Care Service at Riverside;
  • Short Breaks Service at Kingswood Drive and Riverside Lodge.

The followings are operating a FULL service:

  • Community Forensic Team
  • Intensive Support Team
  • Kingswood Drive Complex Care bedded unit.

All other services for adults with learning disabilities are operating at reduced capacity. Please refer as normal.

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – particularly if you have a long-term health condition.

As we work to restore our services to normal levels, we are prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable people in the communities we serve.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments support

  • Click here to download information for learning disability service users and their carers.
  • Click here to download an 'easy read' guide to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The learning disability service works across Birmingham, in which 23,800 (2.3 per cent of the 1.1 million population) have a learning disability. 

Teams provide healthcare for people with learning disabilities living in the community. The service aims to provide high quality care through multidisciplinary working and close collaboration with other agencies.

Who is it for?

People aged 19 and over with a learning disability can access specialist support to help with complex needs such as epilepsy, challenging behaviour, forensic needs and mental health conditions.

What services do we provide?

We provide short breaks and day services for people needing continuing health care in a more specialised environment.

Residential care is available for people with end-of-life and complex health needs.

Community health services to people living in their own home, with their family or in residential homes and who have additional complex needs.

We have a breadth of expertise and knowledge within the service and support individuals with a range of needs. Interventions include:

  • Intensive Support Unit
  • Specialist Dietetics Services
  • Community Nursing
  • Health Facilitation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Specialist Physiotherapy Services
  • Psychiatry Services
  • Psychology
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
  • Short Breaks and Day services
  • Community Forensic Service
  • Community Outreach Team

For information about the Mental Health Act, and how it may affect service users please click this link.

Food and drink descriptors for people with dysphagia

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDS)  - a project aimed at standardising the terms we use to describe food and drink textures - has introduced a new set of descriptors, covering all drinks and foods. Click here to view/download.