Teamwork Is The Key To A Better Learning Service

Services for adults with learning disabilities are set for further development. A new joint team of health professionals from Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Trust and Lancashire County Council Adult Social Services has been created. The aim of the Community Learning Disability Team is to provide services from one single point of access.

It will also improve the quality of care and access for people with learning disabilities and their families. The disability team was officially launched at the new shared premises at Croston House, Lancashire Business Park, Centurion Way, Leyland.

The team is working together to improve the range of services for adults with learning disabilities by co-ordinating their referral and assessment processes. The reduction on duplication will make better use of staff time and ease the process for people who use the service.

The team will focus on developing effective team working across the different disciplines through sharing knowledge and experiences, identifying specific aims and developing new, integrated ways of providing care and support for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

County Counsellor Chris Cheetham, said: “As the providers of health and social care services across the county, we realise that people just want to access services and not have to worry about exactly who provides it. This is about how well services for people with learning disabilities are co-ordinated and delivered locally.

“Most importantly, however, it is about how improvements in the co-ordination of services can make a real difference to people’s lives, increasing their opportunities and their sense of independence.”