Alternative providers of childcare

Last updated 3 July 2013

Our Community Learning Disability Team provides physiotherapy and psychiatry services for children and young people with physical, mental health and learning disabilities.

Physiotherapy Service 

What do we provide?

A high quality physiotherapy service for people with a learning disability in the borough of Waltham Forest. We can treat acute injuries or help to relieve the effects of a long term disability like Cerebral Palsy.

We assess each client’s individual needs, provide a written assessment, and where appropriate, a written physiotherapy programme which could become part of the regular care package.

We also have an Orthotics clinic when the Orthotics comes to assess/ review the footwear, calliper's and splints of clients with learning disabilities, held at Coleridge Road. The clients attend the Orthotics clinic periodically for review.

Who can have this service?

Anyone can self-refer or be referred to us by their Social Worker, G.P, or Care Worker.

Will I have to pay for the service?

No. It is provided free, according to your health needs.

Where do we provide this service?

In the Outpatient clinic at Coleridge Road, the hydrotherapy pool at Whipps Cross University Hospital, at Markhouse Adult Training Centre, or in your own home, whether a group home or a family home.

How long would the course of treatment last?

This depends on the individual's needs and circumstances. Some clients come regularly to Outpatients or are seen weekly at their day centre. Others may come for a short course of treatment or have one or two home visits so that their carers can learn how to carry out the physiotherapy programme.

We work closely with all the other members of the Integrated Learning Disabilities Team and will sometimes make joint home visits with people like the Occupational Therapists or Community Nurses or the Speech and Language Therapist etc.

Psychiatry services

How to get this service?

In the first instance contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team at:

30 Coleridge Road
London E17 6QU

Tel 020 8928 8325 /6 /7 or 020-8521-0337
Fax 020 8521 8511

What do we provide?

The Psychiatry team provides a high-quality assessment and treatment service for the mental health problems of adults with a learning disability. This activity takes place in a variety of settings, such as community homes, out-patients clinics and day centres. In addition, we contribute to the education and training of other professionals in improving carer understanding.

Who can have this service?

Adults with a learning disability living in Waltham Forest who are assessed as needing the service.

Will I have to pay?

No. There is no charge for this service as this is paid by the NHS .

How to get this service

In the first instance contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team at:

30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow  E17 6QU
Tel 020 8521 0337
Fax 020 8521 8511

The Psychology Service

The Psychology Service provides assessment and therapy for emotional, social, relationship and behavioural problems. Such problems may include stress and anxiety, phobias, depression, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorders, sexual abuse, sexually and socially inappropriate behaviour and other challenging behaviours. Service users are seen individually or with family members or other carers. Sometimes they may be seen as part of a group.
 
The number of assessment or therapy sessions varies but work is usually short term, i.e. a matter of weeks or months. The psychologist will try to understand the service users' problems and work with them to resolve these problems. Work is sometimes consultative in nature, working directly with carers to alter patterns of care. Psychologists also undertake psychometric assessments, including IQ tests, to determine the person's level of cognitive functioning and whether they meet the eligibility criteria for access to Waltham Forest Learning Disability Services.

Who can have this service?

Adults with a learning disability living in Waltham Forest who are assessed as needing the service.

Will I have to pay? 

No. It is provided free, according to health need.

How to get this service

In the first instance contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team at:
 
30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow  E17 6QU
Tel 020 8521 0337 
Fax 020 8521 8511 

Community Learning Disability Nursing Team

What do we provide?
 
We provide assessment, advice, support at appointments and education regarding an individual's health need (which can be identified under physical, mental or psychological health)
 
  • The community nursing team also provides:
  • One-to-one case-load working
  • Health promotion offered on a 1-1 or group basis
  • Epilepsy awareness/ rectal diazepam training
  • Healthy eating group
  • Body care awareness group
  • Sexuality and sexual health assessment and education
  • Lead on Valuing People health focused projects
  • Learning disability nurses trained in sexual health, epilepsy and health promotion
  • Links and training to non learning disability trained and experienced staff within acute primary and mental health care
The role of the community nurse is to facilitate access to health treatment and intervention through training and development, enabling the client, family or staff to develop the skills to meet the health need in the future where possible.

Who can have this service?

Adults with a learning disability living in Waltham Forest who are assessed as needing the service.

Will I have to pay?

No. It is provided free, according to health need.
 
The community nursing team operates between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
 
How to get this service

In the first instance contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team at:
 
30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow  E17 6QU
Tel 020 8521 0337
Fax 020 8521 8511 

Speech therapy 

Who can have this service and what do we provide?

Speech and language therapists work with people who have communication and swallowing difficulties. We work with people whose difficulties impact negatively on their, or their carer’s quality of life. The department also provides advice on how to make information easy to understand. 

Communication

We aim to improve a person’s functional communication skills. We will carry out an assessment of their skills and environment. We provide advice, programmes and training to help communication between the person and their carers.

Swallowing Problems

Eating, drinking and swallowing problems may be due to physical or behavioural difficulties. People may -
  • drool
  • spill food or drink from their mouth
  • have difficulty chewing
  • cough or choke when swallowing 
We will assess the person’s difficulties and suggest ways of making swallowing safe and enjoyable.

Accessible information

We can offer guidance on how to make information easy to understand including:
  • producing visual information for people with a learning disability, e.g. leaflets
  • how to present information for people with a learning disability, e.g. lead a group activity  

Will I have to pay for this service?

No, It is provided free, according to health need. 

Who provides this service?

There is a small team of speech and language therapists in the Learning Disabilities Integrated Team. 

Where do we provide this service?

We can visit people in their homes and in their community activities. 

How to get this service

In the first instance contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team at:
 
30 Coleridge Road
Walthamstow  E17 6QU
Tel 020 8521 0337 
Fax 020 8521 8511
 
Please note: A GP referral is necessary for advice about eating and drinking difficulties.
 

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Contact details

  • Community Learning Disabilities Team

    30 Coleridge Road London Walthamstow
    E17 6QU
    Phone: 020 8521 0337
    Fax: 020 8521 8511