Community nursing

Who we are

Our community learning disability nurses and community support workers work in a multi-disciplinary team to provide nursing care for people with learning disabilities. The team provides person-centred care for individuals who have complex health issues.

What we do

We work with people, families and carers with a wide range of abilities and needs and in a diverse range of settings, providing both general and specialist nursing care. We have an increasingly important role in helping to keep people safe, care that is in the best interests of the individual and supporting decision-making around their capacity to consent to treatment.

We can help adults with learning disabilities, by:

  • effectively identifying and meeting their health needs,
  • reducing health inequalities through the promotion and implementation of reasonable adjustments,
  • promoting improved health outcomes and increasing access to (and understanding of) general health services which supports their social inclusion.

We work with other services and across all disciplines ranging from physical health services, health promotion, mental health, community services and social services.

Our nursing service provides named link nurses to GP practices, local mental health teams and the acute sector. Lead nurses/champions link with specific services across Kent. Examples include end-of-life care and support, hospice services and sexual health services.

We will provide assessments for physical and mental health and functional analysis for behavioural interventions and work with individuals and their carers to create care plans that improve quality of life.

We offer group sessions around health promotion, desensitisation and education in relation to maintaining, accessing and making decisions regarding their physical, psychological, emotional, mental and sexual health needs.

We also provide bespoke training, including:

  • learning disability awareness
  • healthy living awareness
  • mental health awareness
  • dementia in people with learning disabilities
  • understanding of behaviour
  • autism awareness
  • support/training for other professionals in mainstream services to enable reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities

How to use this service

We accept self-referrals and referrals from health and social care professionals, carers and family members.

You can refer online using our CLDT online referral form.

By Post:

Learning Disability Central Referral System
Eversley House
19 Horn Street
Seabrook Hythe
Kent
CT21 5SB.

By phone: 0300 123 4195

Email: kentchft.ldsref@nhs.net

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.