Occupational therapy

Who we are

We are a team of occupational therapists who believe occupation is essential to good health and wellbeing. Occupational deprivation affects both physical and psychological health. This can be a particular problem for people with learning disabilities who are more likely to experience social isolation, dependence on others to plan and complete activities and poor access to services,

What we do

We assess and provide support for individuals who have complex needs and profound or multiple physical/sensory disabilities. We believe people are naturally active and creative and need to engage in a balanced range of activities in their daily lives in order to maintain physical and mental health.

We focus on an individual’s occupational needs, specifically any barriers they may experience in accessing daily activities. Some barriers can be either personal, such as cognitive or physical issues, or environmental, such as social issues.

Our service supports people to access a range of meaningful activities, particularly in relation to leisure, productivity and self-care. We focus on how we can reduce the impact of complex health and social issues such as mental illness, multiple sensory/physical disabilities, challenging behaviour and social isolation to improve quality of life and independence.

We work with people to help improve their functional abilities and develop existing and new skills by adapting activities, equipment, environment or materials in the places where they live and work. We analyse their activity, assess their range of function, set goals with them for improvement and constantly evaluate their progress, health and wellbeing.

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
CT21 5SB.

By phone: 0300 123 4195

Email: kentchft.ldsref@nhs.net

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.