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About the service

Our Learning Disability Directorate provides specialist healthcare to adults and children who have a diagnosed learning disability.  We provide a range of community-based services in Bury, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and overnight short breaks and supported living services in Bury.

We are committed to providing evidence-based, safe and effective care that is centred around each person’s individual needs and delivers clear outcomes.

The services we provide include:

  • Highly specialist assessment and support for people with complex and challenging needs
  • Enabling people to access a range of services to keep them healthy
  • A range of initiatives to reduce and overcome the health inequalities that can be experienced by people with learning disabilities.

The key emphasis of the care and support we provide is empowering each service user, along with their family and carers.  This aims to ensure they have the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively self-manage their condition, in partnership with their healthcare professional.

Who do we work with?

We work closely with a range of partners, including other NHS organisations, social care, GPs, voluntary sector and user-led organisations.

We also work with other healthprofessionals across Pennine Care to ensure services are accessible for people with a learning disability and that we provide whole person care.  

Services in your area

Click on the following links to find out more about learning disability services in your borough:

Patient and staff case studies

Rachel Gooding:

Rachel is a Care Co-ordinator with the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Community Learning Disability Team.  Click here to read more about her role.

Gail Kerekes:

Gail is a Team Administrator based at Cambeck Close Short Break Service in Bury. Click here to read more about her role.

National transforming care programme

The national transforming care programme aims to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges.  This includes people with a mental health condition.

It focuses on five key areas of development:

  1. Empowering individuals
  2. Right care, right place
  3. Workforce
  4. Regulation
  5. Data

Click here to find out more.

Reporting the death of a person with a learning disability

As part of the transforming care programme, there is a new requirement to report the death of a person with a learning disability to the national LeDeR (Learning Disabilities Mortality Review) team​, which is based at Bristol University.

This is to enable the team to look into the circumstances surrounding the person's death and identify if anything could have been done better.  This information will then be shared with key partners to enable them to improve services.

Who can report a death?

Anyone can report a death, including a professional, a family member or a friend.

How to report a death

Full details of how to report a death are provided in the attached leaflet.

Click here for an easy read version of the leaflet.

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