West Essex Learning Disability Services

Therapy Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Allied health professionals have an important role within the west Essex adult learning disability team. These specialist health services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. 

Our aim is to provide person centred and holistic assessment and treatment to enable our service users to achieve their maximum potential in terms of physical health, posture, mobility and movement. We liaise closely with other health professionals when required in order to offer the best possible care for the service user and their carers.

What do we do:

  • Work in groups;
  • Work with individuals;
  • Work with carers;
  • Hydrotherapy sessions;
  • Specialist seating;
  • Mobility and walking aids;
  • Sleep systems;
  • Posture;
  • Set physiotherapy programs.

Speech and Language Therapy
We can help people who have difficulty with communicating or with eating, drinking or swallowing. We deliver specialist person centred assessment and treatment, with an individualised approach; supporting a person to obtain maximum communication potential and safe, enjoyable eating and drinking.

We aim to reduce the risks to the service user which arise because of their communication or eating and drinking difficulties. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing food and drink texture modification;
  • Support with alternative and augmentative means of communication;
  • Help with making meaningful decisions;
  • Independence and reasonable adjustments;
  • Maintaining relationships;
  • Training staff, carers and family.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy enables people with learning disabilities to achieve health, wellbeing and life satisfaction through participation in activities that are important to them. We assess the physical, psychological and social functions of people with learning disabilities, in any area of their daily living skills.

Occupational therapists work with the person, their carer and/or family to improve the quality of their life by:

  • Increasing their level of independence and confidence;
  • Promoting health and wellbeing;
  • Developing skills in carrying out meaningful activities;
  • Enabling a person to maximise their functional ability.

This is achieved by working directly with the person, in a one to one basis or in a group. Most work is carried out in the person’s home or local community. Occupational therapists work in a person centred way which requires commitment from the person and their carer to achieve and maintain successful outcomes.

Please note, that referrals for occupational therapy will go via Mill Rd in Colchester:

LD AHP Referrals
Mill Road Therapy Centre
Mill Road

Email: nee-pct.ldahp-referrals@nhs.net
Telephone 01206 745451
Fax: 01206 745455

Where service is based

Hawthorn Lodge
St Margaret’s Hospital
CM16 6TN

How to contact service

Physiotherapy: 01279 827 468 or 01279 827 303
Speech & Language: 01279 827 465 or 01279 827 303
Occupational Therapy: 01279 827 303 or 01206 745451

How to access service

Please ask for a referral from one of the following:

  • Self referral
  • GP
  • Social Services
  • Family
  • Learning disability health team

Service Delivery

Contact with individual service users can be carried out in a range of environments to suit the service user’s needs. We can carry out visits at a service user’s home, day service, college, residential home, at the hospital or out in the community as required.

All services work closely with our partner organisations in health and social care and with other specialist service providers and agencies as required.