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Who is this service for?

The Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) is for people with a learning disability aged 18 or over, but we can work with people from 17 to ensure a smooth transition into adult services. We have a Transitions group to help this happen. The person must be registered with a Bristol GP.

A learning disability includes the presence of a significantly reduced ability to: understand new or complex information; learn new skills (impaired cognition) or to function independently (impaired social functioning). This started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.

The presence of a learning disability alone does not mean that we are the right team to support the person.

They must also have an identified health need and it needs to be evidenced that this health need cannot be met by other services, even with reasonable adjustments. Our referral form will provide you with a framework to support you with this.

Are there any types of disabilities that you do not provide for?

  • Acquired brain injury – acquired post 18 years of age.
  • Where mental health or physical impairment is the primary diagnosis, in which case we will work to support other appropriate services for the service user and their family and carers.
  • Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism without a Learning Disability

What we do

The Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT) provides specialist health services directly to people with learning disabilities.

We are a centre of expertise, linking and liaising with other services and offering support and training on how to work with people who have a learning disability and how to make reasonable adjustments. We work closely with GPs to make sure that people with learning disabilities are offered annual health checks and health screenings.

The CLDT sees people in the community including day centres, work places, at home, college or health venues. We also run some clinics and therapy groups and sessions from our team bases.

The Community Learning Disabilities Team prioritise three different pathways of care:

  • Positive Intervention team: Helping people whose mental health or behaviour places them at risk
  • Keeping Well team: Supporting people whose health needs cannot be met with reasonable adjustments by other health services
  • Accessing Health team: Enabling people to access other mainstream health services, and supporting those services to make reasonable adjustments

Each of these teams are multi-disciplinary, with a range of clinical support including:

  • Learning Disability Nurses
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Creative Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists

When someone is referred to us for the first time we will need to assess whether we are the right service to support them.  This means:

  • We will need to assess if they have a learning disability
  • If they have an identified health need, which cannot be met by other services, even with reasonable adjustments.

How do I access this service?

Referrals can only be accepted with the consent of the person being referred or if the decision to refer has been made through the best interest process.

Please click here CLDT Referral Form to download the form to refer to Bristol CLDT. If you do not use this form, we will not be able to accept the referral.

I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?

Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the CCG’s Remedy site:

Learning Disabilities Teams on Remedy

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Community Learning Disability Team  (CLDT)

New Friends Hall,
Heath House Lane,
BS16 1EQ


Tel: 0117 908 5000 / 0117 958 5666

Advice line

The advice line is available to health and social care professionals and members of the public who require advice and guidance to support people with a learning disability with managing their health care.

Please call 0117 908 5000 to access the service. Lines are open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. You can also email

Please note this is a Bristol specific pilot at this time.

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