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About Adult Learning Disabilities Service

About usWho are we?

We are an integrated team consisting of social workers, community nurses, community team assistants, carer's development worker and administrative staff.

All of our services are supported by friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff who are motivated to support and care for adults with learning disabilities. 

What do we do?

We provide a specialist service to adults who are 18 years old and over, have a formal learning disabilities diagnosis and who live in North Bedfordshire.  The team can offer support and advice with specialist health care need.

For example:

  • epilepsy
  • mental health
  • complex physical needs
  • challenging behaviour
  • autism


and social care needs such as:

  • Direct Payments
  • Day opportunities (college, vocational courses)
  • Employment opportunities
  • Accommodation
  • Help to live at home
  • Respite Care
  • Carer's assessment


The assessment, care management and specialist nursing support are the core work that is provided by the Adult Learning Disability Team. This is because we have a legal responsibility to carry out Community Care assessments.

How do we do this?


A referral is made to the team. This is discussed at a meeting.

We will complete an assessment in the next 14 days unless it is urgent - then we will see you a lot sooner.

You will then be given a Named Worker. The worker who supports you could be a social worker, a community nurse (known as a lead practitioner) or a community team assistant.



  • We will discuss and agree your needs with you.
  • We will contact other professionals.
  • We will help you plan to meet your health and social care needs.
  • We may refer you to other people / services.
  • We will write the care plan with you and give you a copy.
  • The care plan will tell you what is going to happen and when and who will be doing it.
  • We will set a date when we can review the care plan.



  • The Team will carry out what was agreed in the care plan.
  • They will make sure that other people named in the care plan will carry out what they have agreed.



  • We will meet you to see if you have been happy with the support you have received.
  • We will look to see if anything else needs changing.
  • The care plan will either be updated or we agree that our work will be finished.



  • When our work has finished we will tell you.
  • We will also tell other people who know you.
  • We will make sure that you know how to contact the team if you need us in the future.


Other services that the team may offer include:

  • advice and guidance
  • training for carers
  • health promotion
  • support in accessing mainstream services
  • signposting onto other agencies
  • working with other agencies


The Adult Learning Disability Team may contact the following agencies to support you:

  • Other health and social service professionals eg clinical services, psychology, occupational therapists
  • Housing authorities
  • Education, schools and colleges
  • Mental health services
  • Primary Care Trusts, GPs, District Nurses
  • Police
  • Benefits Agency, employment agencies and volunteers
  • Advocacy services
  • Registered care providers
  • Day service providers
  • Supported living providers
  • Leisure service providers
  • Voluntary organisations eg Mencap

Referrals to the team can be made by people who have a learning disability, their carers other people who may be supporting you with your consent.


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Bedford Borough Council is responsible for social care services within the borough. This section explains how we support people of all ages who may need care either at home or in another setting.


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