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What is available?

People with learning disabilities may have additional health problems and some may need extra support to access important health services. This could be due to difficulties in communication or because people are not made aware of the free services that are available to them.

Community nurses can offer support to access mainstream health services and individuals to manage medical conditions, help with care planning and can arrange routine health screening, behavioural and dysphasia assessments. Psychometric assessments and advice on emotional difficulties including anxiety, anger, bereavement and relationships may also be offered by Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy services. 

Health support for people with learning disabilities

Who can get it?

Health support is available for people over the age of 18 who have a learning disability.  The Community Nurse Team also works with young people who may be moving from Children's to Adult Services to get a 'Transitions Health Plan'.

What is a learning disability?


As a learning disability is usually present from childhood, this would normally be people who are already receiving other services from us. If not, we would need to carry out an assessment.

What is an assessment?


How much does it cost?

There is no charge for health assessments and services.  The cost is covered for you by the NHS.

How to get in touch

If you already receive services from us then please speak to your Social Worker. If not, the Adult Social Care Team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. 

When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone, check that we've got all our facts straight and then either follow this up with a visit to your home or arrange for you to come to see us.

Other useful contacts

Community Nurse Team for Adults with a Learning Disability (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Darwen Resouce Centre, Edward Street, Darwen, BB3 1AY
Phone: 01254 283300

Blackburn with Darwen Learning Disability Partnership Board
Address: Adult Social Services, PO Box 478, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 9BR
Phone: 01254 587547

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