Supporting people with learning disabilities across West Sussex
20 July 2018

Supporting people with learning disabilities across West Sussex

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) will now provide support to people with learning disabilities between the ages of 14 and 18 years, as well as adults across West Sussex.

The Trust's Learning Disability Health Facilitation Team have successfully re-tendered for the service with a new contract started on the 1 of July 2018, commissioned by West Sussex County Council. 

The Trust's Operation Lead Corinne Nikolova and her team has secured the contract for three years and three months with a possible role over period of four years.

SCFT was the provider for Learning Disabilities Health Facilitation for adults. This has now been extended to include 14 to 18-year-olds.

The Learning Disabilities Health Facilitation Team provide both Acute Liaison Nurses and Health Facilitators. 

The main aim is to support people learning disabilities to enable them to access healthcare in either the acute or community setting.  The team provide healthcare staff with resources and education to help them provide care for their learning disabled patients. 

The team also work with teams to help them provide reasonable adjustments and with individuals with learning disabilities to support them with desensitization where they are fearful of a procedure.  The team  also provide support to make an individual plan to enable that the treatment is received.